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  • Dear Readers!

    When looking at the news over the last few months, one could gain the impression that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of global business. In addition to social stability, the aim and objective of any rational government policy must nevertheless be to secure and wherever possible augment the prosperity of citizens. Trade barriers and isolationism lead in the opposite direction. That is why the punitive tariffs or even the Brexit are not the best option. We do not need less globalisation, but rather more if together we are to meet the global challenges of the future. At least the compromise that has now been achieved between the EU and the United Kingdom would appear to offer a very promising temporary solution. 

    “Tomorrow starts today“, is a slogan at REMONDIS, and as a leader in water management and recycling, we and our roughly 32,000 staff members work day in day out so as to preserve the planet as a hospitable place with a high quality of life for coming generations. To this end, we need open borders and as few barriers as possible to business at the international level. REMONDIS is a global player. We provide solutions for our industrial and municipal customers transnationally and efficiently while leveraging considerable synergies. The services we offer are both rooted at the regional level and networked internationally and are unique in terms of their variety in the water management and recycling business. REMONDIS develops many different segments at the same time and ascribes to the principle of vertical integration. Our customers have access to a combined service portfolio ranging from the collection, treatment, recycling, recovery, transport, logistics and water management all the way to industrial services in the area of repair and maintenance. Our customers and partners profit from this, thereby making a contribution to environmental and climate protection. 

    Environmental protection and raw materials management are transnational. From this angle, one could see the Chinese ban on imports of dirty plastic waste, electronic waste, waste paper and additional waste fractions as a major opportunity. With its clear raw materials strategy, the Middle Kingdom is forcing the European recycling industry to change directions. To do this, Europe needs to redouble its own efforts, however. An eco-design directive for the recyclability of products should force all manufacturers to design their products in such a manner so that they can be 100% recycled at the end of their life cycle. The recycling industry should raise the quality of all recycled material to the primary level by means of greater investments in better sorting and recovery as well as innovative new processes. In this regard as well, REMONDIS has been underscoring its role as a leader in innovation with targeted investments. One very promising new strategy is to return plastic waste to its original chemical state, so-called chemical recycling. And last but not least, policy-makers should create a system of economic incentives to foster the use of recycled raw materials by industry. The best raw material is of no use if nobody is interested in buying it. Each and every municipality and city can serve as a good example in public tenders already now and prioritise the advantage to the climate instead of focusing only on the lowest price.

    REMONDIS is at present leading the way by serving as a role model and investing in new plants and equipment.  

    We hope you enjoy reading the new edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Yours truly,

    Egbert Tölle

The largest industrial recycling centre

    • REMONDIS has already welcomed numerous visitors personally at the Lippewerk in Lünen. With a large number of recycling facilities for various types of waste, some of it very special, it is not only the biggest centre for industrial recycling in Europe, but also at the same time a real factory for climate protection and safeguarding raw materials.

    488,000 tons of CO2 alone could be saved each year through the recycling activities carried out here. Almost 500,000 tons of recycled material are sent back into the industrial production cycle from here. That makes the 230-hectar site truly worth seeing, as in times of climate change the topic of climate protection is more important than ever. And against the backdrop of a surging global population, the safeguarding and recovery of raw materials is an elementary task.

    • One of the special features of the new Lippe Plant website: its full screen images

Many links to our everyday lives

  • The new Lippewerk website shows virtual visitors how each of them are connected with the Lippewerk‘s recycling processes in their own private lives. The path from organic waste to compost or also from a worn-out refrigerator to a new, beautifully designed espresso machine are examples of points of tangency between everyday life and the activities performed in Lünen.

    Each station at the plant demonstrates that the system of the closed-loop economy can work in an ideal manner. Whether it be businesses or private individuals, anyone who has seen Lippewerk knows that they can make a personal contribution – as early on as when they separate their waste properly.

    One of the website’s goals is to highlight how recycling is connected to our daily lives

Immerse yourself in the world of the Lippe Plant

Click online now to visit the various stations of the Lippewerk, find out how you can benefit personally from recycling and find inspiration in the diverse and varied world of recycling.

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