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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

A large portfolio, a wide network of locations

  • 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.

Committed to sustainability

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.

REMONDIS always on hand to help and advise

“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.

“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.”

Mark Bördeling, Key Account Manager at REMONDIS

Special containers brought in

  • 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.

  • REMONDIS’ Sustainability Certificate

    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

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