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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

Wide network to be further extended

  • REMONDIS International acquired a majority stake in the company M. Larsen Vognmandsfirma A/S at the beginning of this year. REMONDIS already disposes over a broad network at sites in the fields of water management, the recycling economy and industrial services in Northern Europe. Also a family-owned company with a long, rich tradition from Germany, REMONDIS is the ideal partner for M. Larsen.

Head office in Copenhagen

M. Larsen is one of the leading waste-economy enterprises in Denmark. The company was founded in 1947 as a family-run business in the field of waste recycling and is headquartered in Bröndby (Copenhagen). M. Larsen operates several sites on the islands of Zeeland, Lolland and Falster as well as on the Jutland peninsula. The current owner, Claus Barslund, was looking for a strong partner with wide-ranging international experience in the field of recycling to foster the future strategic development of his enterprise. Mr. Barslund will be remaining with the company in the future as well as part
of the management in order to ensure the continuity of
M. Larsen‘s activities.

The region of Copenhagen is an important site and bridgehead to Scandinavia.

The acquisition offers REMONDIS the opportunity to strengthen its foothold in a country with a strong economy and very high standards in the area of the waste economy. REMONDIS has already been active in Denmark for many years in the field of metal recycling with its subsidiary TSR. The take-over provides REMONDIS the opportunity to further optimise the business model of M. Larsen, a highly reputed company in Denmark, and expand its market presence in Denmark and Scandinavia while strengthening a sustainable recycling industry. M. Larsen works both in the field of municipal waste removal as well as in the collection of commercial waste. In the field of municipal waste removal, M. Larsen offers services for a total of more than 1.3 million inhabitants. In the field of commercial waste collection, the company turns over around 100,000 tons of waste each year.

100,000t of recyclables every year

Mr. Larsen employs almost 700 staff members at 15 sites in Denmark, using 344 commercial vehicles to render its services there. For the owner up until now, Claus Barslund, it is especially important that Mr. Larsen carries out its activities in the future as a family-run enterprise as well. As a result of the growing size and geographical expansion of M. Larsen‘s activities, he considers REMONDIS to be the right partner in order to meet challenges and effectively develop new business opportunities.

Family tradition provides the common foundations.

Hendrik Vonnegut, managing director of REMONDIS International, underscores the importance of Denmark to REMONDIS‘ business in Northern Europe. Mr. Vonnegut appreciates the high standards that M. Larsen sets in the area of the recycling economy and environmental protection.

“With this acquisition, we have penetrated
a market that is of enormous importance to
our pan-European business strategy.“

Hendrik Vonnegut, REMONDIS International managing director

Helping to grow the recycling sector

Mr. Larsen‘s notions of waste management and material recovery are very similar to those of REMONDIS already today. “With this acquisition, we have penetrated a market that is of enormous importance to our business strategy for Europe as a whole. We want to further expand our activities in the Scandinavian market with M. Larsen, and with our wide-ranging international experience also make a contribution to the further development of the already advanced level of the recycling economy all over Scandinavia.“

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