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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!

    Yours

    Ludger Rethmann

The new company is a perfect fit

  • The Cortek Group, a company based in the German city of Weißenfels, was taken over by REMONDIS at the end of last year. This acquisition has helped strengthen REMONDIS’ presence in this region which is located in Saxony-Anhalt, close to the borders of the German states of Thuringia and Saxony. This new firm offers a wide range of services that complements REMONDIS’ portfolio perfectly.

A specialist for commercial waste

The Cortek Group owns three recycling businesses: Cortek Gesellschaft für Recycling und Entsorgungsleistungen mbH in Weißenfels, UMTECH Entsorgungsgesellschaft mbH in Zeitz and Zentrum für Wertstoffverarbeitung Mitteldeutschland GmbH in Schkopau. It also operates from premises in Gera and Pößneck.

The Cortek Group’s wide-ranging portfolio primarily comprises services covering commercial waste. It also, however, performs demolition and remediation work – such as removing asbestos cement and excavating and replacing soil and earth. Cortek uses the various material streams it collects to produce recycled aggregate, soils, bark mulch and compost as well as refuse derived fuels for industrial businesses and combined heat and power plants. Moreover, the company group collects and transports hazardous waste and offers street cleaning services.

One of REMONDIS’ priorities is on being located close to its customers. Having local branches means shorter routes, greater accessibility and maximum efficiency.

Expansion of branch network

Thanks to its acquisition of the Cortek Group, REMONDIS has succeeded in growing its operations in the southern part of the state of Saxony-Anhalt as well as in the neighbouring states of Thuringia and Saxony. REMONDIS has had its own branches in this region for many years now. Its main area of business, however, has involved household waste. By purchasing Cortek, therefore, it has succeeded in strengthening its position in the commercial waste sector. The takeover also included the technology and fleets of vehicles at the new locations.

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