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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

A long tradition ‘Down Under’

REMONDIS has been operating in Australia for over 30 years now and has become one of the leading waste management and recycling businesses in the country. Over the years, awards have been presented to the company, further underlining the fact that it is the employees that play a decisive role in the business’ success and rapid growth. One recent example of this is the ‘Excellence in Business Award’.

  • REMONDIS Australia operates a network of 35 branches and 27 plants and facilities

A reflection of the company’s positive growth

  • The ‘Excellence in Business Award 2015’ was presented to REMONDIS by the Illawarra Business Chamber, a leading organisation for businesses in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. This prize is externally judged and awarded on a company’s strategies and plans to achieve growth as well as the actual business growth over the last 24 months. The jury was also impressed by REMONDIS’ outstanding health, safety and environmental performance. Moreover, they praised its service excellence and its partnerships with community-based organisations such as Rotary International.

  • Chris Wade, Head of REMONDIS’ branch in Wollongong, accepting the award

  • “It is a great honour for our company to be presented with the Excellence in Business Award. It not only endorses the work we have achieved so far but will also spur us on to do even more in the future.”

    Luke Agati, Managing Director of REMONDIS Australia

Best Australian Truck Driver

  • A further award was handed out in the north-east state of Queensland. REMONDIS employee Cary Franzmann was named ‘Best Professional Industry Driver’. He was presented with his certificate by the Waste Recycling Industry Association Queensland during an awards ceremony in Brisbane. Summing up why he had been elected, the jury said: “Cary has driven over one million kilometres accident free. His commitment to the industry makes him an ideal trainer and role model to those in his profession.”

  • Norbert Rethmann – honorary chairman of the supervisory board of the RETHMANN Group – personally congratulated Cary Franzmann (left) on being named the ‚Best Professional Industry Driver’

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