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FES Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH (FES) is the leading provider of waste management and cleaning services in the Rhine-Main region. Working together with its six subsidiaries and associated companies, it offers a strong portfolio of services that range from city cleaning work, to waste management, all the way through to running its own plants to produce climate-friendly electricity and heat.
A financial centre, a banking centre, an important venue for trade fairs: more than 700,000 people live in Frankfurt and around 4.8 million tourists and business people visit the city every year. Both the local residents and the visitors expect the city to offer them a high quality of life. One of the most important tasks that FES Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH must perform, therefore, it to ensure the city remains clean and tidy.
Each and every day, FES is out and about cleaning the city’s roads, paths and squares (a total 6 million square metres) and emptying around 6,000 litter bins. The company’s daily workload is impressive – but this is just a small part of its portfolio. This PPP company offers local residents and retailers as well as commercial and industrial businesses a whole range of other waste management and cleaning services.
people live in Frankfurt
tourists & business people visit the city every year
One of its great strengths is its commitment to conserving natural resources and cutting carbon emissions. FES operates a number of recycling and treatment facilities – including a state-of-the-art organic waste processing plant that uses biogas to generate electricity which is then fed into the grid. Its waste-to-energy plant produces electricity and heat for at least 45,000 households. Furthermore, FES runs facilities for processing IBA and sorting old paper and commercial waste.
FES has been serving other local authorities in the region as well as Frankfurt for many years now.
Following a successful path for 20 years now FES was established in 1995 when the City’s waste management and city cleaning department was transformed into an independent company. It actually began operating in 1996. In 1998, it then changed its status from being a purely municipal business to being a public private partnership between the City of Frankfurt and REMONDIS.
The objective here was to create synergies between the public and private sector shareholders in order to strengthen the company and prepare it for the future – an objective that has most certainly been fulfilled. Its strategy to offer new services and to enter into new fields of business and found subsidiaries that complement its core services has proven to be particularly successful.
FES also runs its own modern fleet of special vehicles to enable it to carry out its various tasks around the city
FES has steadily become more and more successful as it has gradually expanded its fields of business and areas of expertise.
Indeed, the company’s success has steadily grown as it has gradually extended and improved its portfolio: FES’ turnover has increased by 80 percent over the years. Moreover, its profits have risen year on year despite the company investing a total of approx. 200 million euros in its business. The workforce has also expanded, with FES now employing over 1,700 people. It has become an attractive employer thanks to its targeted personnel development schemes, its flexible working hours and its exemplary initiatives – for example on demographic management and work life balance – that are acting as a role model across the whole of the country.
small wheelie bins (recyclables & waste)
bulky waste collection trips every year
large wheelie bins (2.5m3 to 5m3)
skips (1.7m3 to 36m3)
One of FES’ top priorities is to try and predict what local residents, customers and local authorities will want to have in the future and to adjust its portfolio accordingly. Developing innovative solutions to ensure the business continues to move in the right direction is also on its list of priorities as is increasing its efforts to conserve resources and prevent climate change. The focus of its attention: the Rhine-Main region. At the end of the day, there is a very good reason for FES’ slogan: “Making things happen in the Rhine-Main region”.
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A PPP since
51% City of Frankfurt am Main
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No. of vehicles
23 in the Rhine-Main region
Plants & facilities