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Swecon Baumaschinen GmbH is Germany’s biggest trader and importer of Volvo construction machinery. With 18 sites and 200 installers specially trained for Volvo construction machinery, the company serves more than two-thirds of its market. In addition to the sale of Volvo construction machinery, Swecon’s portfolio includes above all services relating to the XXL vehicles. This means repairs, maintenance, leasing, sale of used machinery as well as tailored solutions for especially demanding building sites.
In addition to the high level of quality and customer satisfaction, Swecon Baumaschinen GmbH is notable for its major commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. Its guiding company values are without exception compatible with those of REMONDIS. The two enterprises have been working together in a partnership-like manner for more than two years. For Swecon, optimum waste management within the company is not only an important factor conditioning success – it is also an obligation to the environment. From substances containing oil to metallic substances all the way to packaging material, they produce a wide range of residual substances every day.
“Thanks to REMONDIS, we can not only assert that we have attained a very high level of quality and environmental standards in this area, but also that all waste is channelled into the most sustainable recycling path,” says Stephan Rothe, in charge of Procurement at Swecon.
Swecon has already opened two new sites this year, the planning of which REMONDIS has been involved right from the outset: one in Siek, northeast of Hamburg, and the other in Monheim, which will be moved into in the near future. With the site in Siek, the company, whose headquarters are located in Ratingen, is seeking to significantly boost the productivity of its work. Thus, for example, it has invested in an 8-tonne crane that makes it possible for installers to replace heavy sub-assemblies more simply and quickly. Creating a possibility to drive a lorry through the facility also saves time and tedious manoeuvring when leaving the premises. Just as important to optimisation, however, is also above all optimum waste management. To be able to tailor an individual strategy for the site, REMONDIS analysed, for instance, spatial factors, waste balance sheets of comparable plants or the routes that staff members have to cover by foot in advance. After this, a system was devised to cover all waste categories with as few containers as possible and that can be adapted precisely to the quantity accruing as well as the places where waste accrues.
Mark Bördeling, Key Account Manager at REMONDIS
By equipping each Swecon branch with the exact bins they need, the staff have shorter distances to walk and more time to focus on their actual work
Swecon Baumaschinen GmbH also meets its claim to sustainability through the waste management of REMONDIS: “By equipping itself with our special containers, Swecon can collect all the waste in separated categories. This is crucial to then be able to recycle the material at high quality levels,” explains Mark Bördeling, Key Account Manager at REMONDIS. The well thought-through container arrangement furthermore shortens the distance staff have to walk.
Many hours of work each year can be used more effectively to concentrate on the company’s core competence. On top of this, smart conveyance of information helps save high transport costs. Fewer emptying actions at the same time reduce CO2 emissions. Thanks to the professional waste management concept employed at each of its sites, Swecon Baumaschinen GmbH saves at least 40 tonnes of CO2 each year. That is roughly as much greenhouse gas as a mid-size car emits in 340,000 kilometres. Almost the distance between the earth and the moon.
The company has now had its model contribution to climate and environmental protection documented in the form of a REMONDIS sustainability certificate. Among other things, the certificate shows that Swecon is able to avoid the consumption of 26,000 kilograms of petroleum, 64,000 kilograms of wood, 2,400 kilograms of metal and more than 350 kilograms of minerals each year solely through the sustainable recycling of packaging waste, paper and cardboard, used wood and used metals. On top of this, at least as many waste substances containing mineral oils are saved. Thanks to the environmentally sound recycling and thermal treatment of these substances, Swecon also makes an active contribution to easing pressure on natural reserves of raw materials
REMONDIS’ Sustainability Certificate documents how companies protect the environment and save natural resources
Further details about REMONDIS’ Sustainability Certificate and how companies can benefit from having the contributions they make towards protecting the environment certified can be found at remondis-sustainability.com