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  • Dear Readers!

    The refugee crisis, caused by the war in Syria, has awakened Europe from a deep slumber. Individual member states are outdoing each other – introducing one uncoordinated measure after another as they attempt to stem the seemingly never-ending flow of people desperately seeking help. Whilst Chancellor Merkel is hoping to bring about a European solution, others are closing their borders and seriously thinking about exiting the European Union. No matter where you look, people are saying the party is over. It is time now for facts rather than emotions to be brought to the table. Germany has around 81 million inhabitants and its economy has never been so good. Approximately one million refugees had entered the country when the state elections were held in Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt and Rhineland-Pfalz on 13 March. To use the same metaphor: if 81 people are invited to a party and they are joined by one international guest, then the party is by no means over. On the contrary, there is a great opportunity here for the new guest’s culture, experience and vitality to enhance the event and make it even more interesting. 

    As Germany’s population continues to fall, demographers are assuming that the country will need around 500,000 new immigrants every year simply to keep its social security system functioning. In the future, therefore, we may find ourselves being grateful each time a migrant decides to stay and do an apprenticeship in our country. What is needed is genuine integration. The Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rainer Schmeltzer, recently published a brochure in four languages so that refugees could find out how the public transport system works in the district of Unna. Whilst talking to one of REMONDIS’ board members, he called on the recycling sector to do something similar. The majority of the migrants have little or no experience of using different coloured bins to separate waste. REMONDIS has stepped up to the mark and published a flyer in German, English, French, Farsi and Arabic. We would also be very pleased to receive applications from registered refugees wishing to do an apprenticeship at our company, for example to become a professional truck driver. 

    If the state of North Rhine-Westphalia were to be a country in its own right, then it would be among the top 10 European nations when it comes to population figures and economic power. The latest waste management report shows that our industry has become one of the biggest drivers of growth. Whilst traditional industries, such as coal, steel and energy, continue to decline, an ever increasing number of people are working in recycling, industrial and municipal services and water management. REMONDIS is both a driving force and the backbone of this really pleasing development. And what makes REMONDIS what it is, is its 32,000 employees who work for their local inhabitants and their municipal and industrial customers in 33 countries every single day. Looking at all this, it is a shame that politicians would appear to be paying so little attention to the IFAT exhibition which is being held in Munich from 30 May to 03 June. REMONDIS is going to be there even if the Federal Minister of the Environment is not. We look forward to seeing you there!


    Ludger Rethmann

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Issue 01|2016

The following provides a list of image credits for the photos used on our website. They have been listed in the order they appear in each section (from top to bottom).


Image 1: mauritius images, Science Photo Library; shutterstock_128643254, cretolamna

Chapter: Latest News

Image 1: plainpicture, photo taken by: OJO/Adam Gault

Image 1: shutterstock, 219386314, Sponge on wooden background, Kittibowornphatnon; Bigstock, photo taken by: petovarga

Image 1: iStockphoto, photo taken by: belchonock

Image 1: Bigstock, photo taken by: PicsFive
Image 3: Fotolia, photo taken by: Sylwia Brataniec

Image 1: Fotolia, 83007096, Young man touching a tank with big fish, photo taken by: WavebreakMediaMicro
Image 2: shutterstock_128643254, cretolamna
Image 3: Shutterstock, 294229676, Bumblebee on lavender, photo taken by: Menno Schaefer
Image 4: Fotolia, 11429953, macro of a fresh leaf background, photo taken by: dusk

Chapter: Recycling

Image 1: Bigstock, photo taken by: Inked Pixels
Image 2: Bigstock, photo taken by: Robyn Mackenzie

Image 1: iStockphoto, photo taken by: Geo-grafika

Image 1: Fotolia, photo taken by: Kentauros

Image 1: mauritius images, photo taken by: Novarc

Image 1: shutterstock, 320078741, The National Flag of Poland, photo taken by: Irina Rumyantseva

Image 1: shutterstock, 201336119, singapore asian city skyline with the marina bay infinity swimming pool, travelfoto

Chapter: Service

Image 1: Fotolia, Christian42
Image 2: BP Europa SE

Image 1: Raffinerie Heide

Chapter: Water

Image 2: iStockphoto, photo taken by: Nerthuz

Image 1: iStock, 000086496107, Barcelona aerial photo, photo taken by: Alija

Image 1: Veer Incorporated

Image 1: photo taken by: Hans Blossey
Image 2: Fotolia, photo taken by: K.-U. Häßler

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