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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

Around 4 million tonnes of recycled aggregate in NRW

  • In building streets and roads in Germany, recycled building material or secondary industrial products have been in use for a considerable period of time. By the same token, North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the leaders in the area of sustainable road-building, where around 4 million tonnes of secondary building material were produced – primarily in the construction of road embankments – in the years 2004 to 2014.

  • Highway project points the way towards sustainability

    Road-building measures often involve the use of primary mineral building material such as gravel, sand and crushed stone. Reserves of these raw materials are becoming ever scarcer, however. Against this background, substitute building material made of recycled mineral substances offer an alternative that is just as safe and economically interesting.

    One marked example of climate- and resource-saving use of premium-grade mineral residue material in road-building is the new bypass road around Münster-Wolbeck in Westphalia. The approximately six-kilometre-long stretch of road with its seven new bridges will take the traffic pressure off the historical city centre in a sustainable manner. Moreover, it is of tremendous infrastructural importance to the region.

    The bypass road was built upon the commission of Straßen.NRW, Landesbetrieb Straßenbau Nordrhein-Westfalen, which is in charge of all motorways, federal trunk roads and regional highways in North Rhine-Westphalia. At the same time, Straßen.NRW designed the tender in such a manner that substitute building material could be used wherever this was environmentally possible and warranted.

    A short film about how granova® is produced (German only)

  • 100,000 tonnes of granova® for road embankments

    As a result of the route design, with road embankments of up to 6 metres high, major quantities of material had to be applied throughout the entire building period. This included around 100,000 tonnes of granova®, which was used as an embankment material. This substitute building material, which is quality-assured, has been supplied, installed and compacted in the same familiar way as primary building materials. MAV Mineralstoff-Aufbereitung und Verwertung Lünen GmbH was in charge of delivering the material in the proper form and in due time for the project. The company is one of the subsidiaries and affiliated companies of REMEX which are responsible for the distribution and production of quality-assured granova® substitute building material.

    REMEX substitute building material granova® is predominantly used as aggregate in road-building and earthworks

    The manufacture and marketing of substitute mineral building material has been one of the core competencies of the REMEX Group for years. Its specialists not only recycle bottom ash from household waste incineration plants to recover valuable metals – they also apply their experience and know-how in order to produce the quality-assured substitute building material granova® from the mineral part.

Areas of use at a glance

  • REMEX supports customers in the use of substitute building material as well. For example, when planners, public administrations and building companies address technical codes and environmental requirements. This is often a time-consuming process, as guidelines and regulations in the area of civil engineering and road-building projects in Germany may differ among the Länder.

    Among other things, REMEX has developed the practical granova® cube in this connection. It can be used to simply and quickly determine whether the use of household waste incineration ash is possible in a building project. After comparing environmental provisions and regulations applying to technical building aspects, the cube shows the respective areas of application. Background information on the application possibilities shown on the cube is explained in detail in an accompanying manual.

  • The free-of-charge granova® cube and the accompanying manual can be ordered at granova.de

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