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  • Dear Readers!

    In Germany super election year 2017 is well underway. The Saarland election has already taken place, with Schleswig-Holstein and the most populous of the German Länder, North Rhine-Westphalia, set to follow in May. General elections for the Bundestag will then be taking place in September. In these times of populism and fake news, this election will play a pivotal role. Germany has the strongest economy and largest population in Europe. The outcome of the election will have repercussions for all of Europe and influence economic and political relations with other countries around the world. In view of the dimensions involved, a key topic unfortunately often takes back seat: recycling and its importance to climate and environmental policy. We wanted to size things up accurately and enquired with all the major political party groups about their platforms concerning environmental policy in the upcoming legislative period and beyond. You will find a summary of the responses in this issue’s feature article and the complete responses online at remondis-aktuell.de. Whether elections turn out to be good for the climate and the environment in general and our growth sector in particular will ultimately be decided by hopefully well informed, active citizens.

    Some legislative bills have been initiated shortly before the elections – for example, the new Commercial Waste Regulation (Gewerbeabfallverordnung). It will involve important changes that have a major impact on our commercial customers when the new regulation goes into effect on 1 August 2017 at the latest. Under the new version, companies producing waste in connection with housing construction will be obligated to separately collect the waste items of paper, cardboard and pasteboard with the exception of hygienic paper, glass, plastics, metals, wood, textiles, organic waste and additional commercial and industrial waste already where it comes about, i.e. at companies themselves. The same goes for construction and demolition waste, which is already to be separated at the building site into the various waste categories such as glass, plastics, metals, wood, insulation material, bituminous mixtures, building material based on gypsum, concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics. This is no doubt good news for improved recovery of raw materials, but it also means greater expenses for customers, who ­REMONDIS will support professionally as accustomed with practicable services in line with laws and regulations. 

    And how do things stand at present when it comes to refugee policy? The number of new persons seeking asylum arriving in Germany has dropped significantly. The biggest challenge now is to successfully integrate these people in our society and the German world of work. ­REMONDIS is taking on this challenge, hiring young people as well as persons with work experience in various fields who have lost their home as a result of war, famine and displacement and now want to venture a new beginning in their adopted country of Germany. A real win-win situation, as a successful start to a vocational career is the best contribution that can be made to a society living together in prosperity and peace. Here as well, ­REMONDIS meets its responsibility to society as a whole, acting in the spirt of its own slogan: working for the future!


    Thomas Conzendorf

Sustainable growth

At the end of 2016, REMONDIS took over the Belgian family-run company, BVBA Vervoer Depoorter – an important step towards expanding its recycling business in the Benelux countries. Thanks to its acquisition of this Ostend-based firm, REMONDIS has succeeded in considerably growing its operations in the country, particularly in the west of Belgium.

An investment that is well worth its while

Depoorter is a well-known name in the Ostend region, leading the market when it comes to offering container services and handling commercial and mixed construction waste. ­REMONDIS is looking to make the most of this strong position and to further increase the volumes of materials collected and treated there. At the same time, it wishes to grow its activities in the neighbouring coastal regions. Werner Hols, a managing director at REMONDIS International, believes that the takeover of Depoorter (officially valid from 01 October 2015) is a long-term investment that will help promote sustainable development across the whole of the region. What’s more, he continued, this was an important location as it could support REMONDIS’ UK activities in the area of refuse derived fuels (RDF).

It all began with a municipal contract

REMONDIS Belgium first entered the Belgian market six years ago when it began offering its services in Wallonia, in the south of the country. It had previously taken part in a Europe-wide tender process and been awarded a major contract by IDELUX (an association owned by a group of local authorities) to collect household waste from 50 districts in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. One particular challenge that the company had to face here was the fact that this region is so sparsely populated. Double-chamber waste collection trucks and pay-as-you-throw systems (measured by weight) were introduced across the area to ensure the complex task of storing and collecting residual and organic waste was carried out efficiently.

A wide variety of activities

Further public sector contracts have followed since then – for example in Antwerp, where REMONDIS is responsible for collecting household waste and organic waste. In addition to this, the company also works for the municipal association IBW in the province of Walloon Brabant collecting household waste from a number of different districts (around 80,000 local inhabitants) south of the capital city Brussels. One of REMONDIS’ latest successes is the contract awarded by INTRADEL, a large waste management and recycling association owned by a number of different local councils. Thanks to this contract, REMONDIS has been responsible – since the beginning of 2017 – for collecting waste from the 120,000 people living in and around Liege as well as for the subsequent invoicing process. Modern electronic pay-as-you-throw systems and double-chamber waste collection trucks are being used here, too, to store and collect residual waste, organic waste, packaging, paper and cardboard. All in all, REMONDIS currently serves more than 500,000 people living in Belgium.

  • Close collaboration between the sister companies

    Several different REMONDIS Group companies operate on the Belgian market besides REMONDIS Belgium’s own businesses. XERVON, BUCHEN and REMONDIS Industrie Service all have branches there, all of which primarily provide services for industrial businesses. A further name joined the network at the beginning of the year when REMONDIS’ firm, RHENUS Recycling, purchased a share in GRL Glasrecycling, a family-run company based in Lummen, Flanders.

    GRL Glasrecycling joined the REMONDIS Group’s Belgian network at the beginning of 2017

    With the network spread across the whole of the country, there is a huge potential for the different companies to collaborate closely with one another. Matthias Illing, managing director of REMONDIS Belgium, commented: “We have a very good reputation among our public sector clients. Our task now is to build on this and grow our activities in the area of commercial waste. We will be making the most of the opportunities available here in Belgium to work with our sister companies, such as BUCHEN, REMONDIS Industrie Service and GRL Glasrecycling.”

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