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Schwerin-based SAS has been operating in the municipal city cleaning and waste management sectors for more than 60 years now. REMONDIS has owned a share in the company since 2007. The foundation of a PPP has proven to be beneficial for all those involved: new plants and technology have improved its carbon footprint and the company’s turnover has grown by 38%.
Environmentally friendly waste management and a clean and tidy city – this is what Schweriner Abfallentsorgungs- und Straßenreinigungsgesellschaft mbH (SAS) is all about. The success that the company has enjoyed since it became a PPP is clear proof that tradition can go hand in hand with progress. On 01 January 2007, REMONDIS acquired a 49% share in SAS. Prior to this, the city authorities of Schwerin had put out a Europe-wide tender to find a strategically strong and experienced private sector partner. Lünen-based REMONDIS beat the many applicants to win the contract.
SAS meets all the criteria and requirements set out by the ‘EdDE’ (association of waste management businesses) and has been issued with an ‘EfB’ certificate.
Lord Mayor of Schwerin Angelika Gramkow commented: “For many years now, this partnership with REMONDIS has ensured that the range of services has continuously improved – benefiting all those living and working in Schwerin – and that SAS has developed and grown its business.”
people live in the catchment area
kWh/a of climate-friendly electricity is generated by the new organic waste treatment facility
households receive this electricity, which is sufficient to cover their requirements for 12 months
The city authorities of Schwerin (the capital of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) wished to create a partnership that would make sure SAS had the best possible set up for the future without them losing their influence over the business. The best solution proved to be a collaboration with a private sector service provider. Thanks to the extensive technological know-how that REMONDIS has contributed to the PPP, SAS has become a modern, customer-oriented business offering comprehensive waste management and recycling solutions for commercial, retail and industrial companies as well as for the local inhabitants. The main services provided by SAS include recycling household and bulky waste, cleaning streets, open spaces and markets, clearing the streets of snow and ice in winter as well as collecting a whole range of recyclables.
“The first kilowatt hour of electricity was a really important milestone for us. We see SAS as being a traditional as well as an innovative company and we want it to be able to offer Schwerin’s commercial and industrial businesses and its local residents the best possible solutions.“
Matthias Hartung, Managing Director of SAS
Its figures are impressive: SAS’ turnover grew by 38% between 2007 and 2015 – and its profits by around 50% during the same period. Moreover, 20 new jobs have been created. This success and the growth in the company’s value can be put down to the way in-house processes have been improved and adapted to create an efficient recycling business. This has increased the company’s earnings – something that benefits the local residents as this extra money can be used for other public services as well as for new investments.
In 2015, SAS collected 42,700 Mg/a of municipal waste and 16,000 Mg/a of commercial waste
A new handling and storage hall was built on SAS’ grounds in 2013 and a state-of-the-art organic waste treatment facility (located in an industrial park) was commissioned in January 2015. This facility uses organic waste to produce carbon-neutral energy, which SAS feeds into the grid. A great contribution, therefore, to helping Schwerin reach its goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city. The company has also made sure that there is a steady supply of input material: local residents were provided with organic waste bins for their kitchen and garden waste at the same time the treatment plant began operations.
The bins have a chip and an identification number to enable the company to monitor their locations as well as to improve their vehicle collection routes. A smart innovation using cutting-edge technology that will help even more material life cycles to be closed. And this success story is far from over: the contract between the City of Schwerin and SAS was concluded for a period of 20 years and runs until 2027.
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Type of partnership
|a cooperation model|
A PPP since
51% City of Schwerin
No. of employees
collecting recyclables, managing & recycling waste, cleaning municipal roads & spaces