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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

  • A special area will be a big attraction at the trade fair

    A special area with a joint exhibit by the BDE and the Munich trade fair is being devoted to the industrial closed-loop cycle for aluminium at this year‘s IFAT. A number of hand-picked enterprises will be presenting their services here, together illustrating the entire closed-loop cycle of aluminium with this example.

The material flow of aluminium is particularly well suited to illustrating the urgent need for, and benefits of, recovered raw materials:

    • Aluminium is one of the most important light building materials there is, and the second most important metal in use. Primary production is particularly intensive in environmental, energy and economic terms. In recycling, with an energy savings of approximately 95 per cent, this material can be produced relatively inexpensively.

    • Aluminium can be recycled endlessly. As a “recent“ raw material, there is not yet enough aluminium in circulation to be able to cover demand with recycled material, however.

    • Demand for aluminium has doubled in the last 20 years.

These companies are presenting the closed-loop cycle in the handling of aluminium:

    • TRIMET Aluminium SE, one of Europe‘s biggest aluminium producers, is presenting its role and position in the closed-loop aluminium cycle.

    • The “beverage can forum“, with the three manufacturers Ball, Brown and Ardagh, is presenting one of the most modern branches of aluminium processing at present.

    • When beverage cans are brought to the can deposit machine, they are first handled as waste and go into REMONDIS Recycling GmbH‘s complex deposit clearing system. The company furthermore demonstrates how the material flow can be recovered in a homogeneous manner.

    • TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG assumes the task of reprocessing products containing aluminium at the end of their product life cycle.

    • A|U|F is an association of companies that organises the closed-loop cycle of material for aluminium parts in windows, doors and facades used in building construction.

    In addition, the German Institute for Materials Testing and Research (Bundesanstalt für Materialprüfung und -forschung – BAM) supports the closed-loop cycle for material with its background knowledge.

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