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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

Faulty batteries are a real problem

    • From e-bikes to cars all the way to automated vacuum cleaners, lithium-ion batteries can be found in countless electrified products today. While a new version is usually not hazardous, contact with only slightly defective batteries can possibly be fatal. Even manufacturers hesitate when it comes to transporting their defective, discarded products. With RETRON, REMONDIS is providing a solution for an acute problem linked to electrification while at the same time assuring a high level of safety.

Risk of spontaneous combustion

In addition to the range of e-vehicles or charging properties, the transport and disposal of Li batteries often constitutes a challenge to these energy sources offering hope for the future – a challenge that is often overlooked. Especially the handling of damaged Li batteries can easily pose a risk to the persons involved. Not only do they have a significantly greater potential to heat up – in contrast to other sources of danger they can also spontaneously ignite when subject to vibrations, for example during transport. At the same time, highly caustic and toxic gases may be emitted – in the past this has often captured media attention. Not infrequently, cars and mobile phones ignited.

“We have already made a major contribution to preparation for an increasingly electrified product world as a company in the guise of RETRON.”

Christian Kürpick, Projektleiter RETRON

Stringent rules & regulations

Lawmakers reacted swiftly, imposing strict requirements that have resulted in a highly complex myriad of laws and administration. It poses problems especially for small and medium-scale enterprises in packaging and transporting defective Li batteries properly and safely. It furthermore translates into a major financial burden in ensuring proper packaging and safe and secure transport.

A solution for businesses

    • REMONDIS has therefore assigned RETRON with the task of providing these enterprises with a simple and safe transport and storage system. The RETRON system consists of two components. RETRON containers made of steel are able to withstand an interior temperature of 1,000°C, and this for a lengthy period of time.

    Its outer wall only heats up to a maximum of 100°C in extreme cases as well. Exhaust gas and filter systems can be hooked up directly to the container through an integrated valve. The controlled discharge of gases in the event of a battery fire prevents the container from suddenly breaking open under the increased pressure. In the inside of the container, the heat-insulating RETRON bag made out of a special textile ensures that when transporting several batteries no chain reaction is triggered. In contrast to all other transport systems for Li batteries, RETRON therefore works without any inert bulk materials whatsoever. That makes the packaging of Li batteries considerably simpler, safer and absolutely dust-free for all users.

  • Special vehicles on the road

    “Only cooperation between all the actors in the value-creation chain can limit the risks associated with Li batteries. With RETRON, our company working in the field of recycling has already made a useful contribution to preparation for the increasingly electrified product world. We are hence optimistic that additional progress can be made in the future as well,“ says Christian Kürpick, who heads the RETRON project.

    RETRON containers are also well-suited for the storage of new goods. Many manufacturers of appliance appreciate it as a safe alternative to warehouse shelves.

    In addition to the container system, RETRON in addition also makes it possible to securely transport Li batteries safely with specially equipped vehicles and trained personnel. There is thus nothing to prevent RETRON partners from returning Li batteries to the closed-loop material system.

    RETRON makes the transport of defective Li batteries safe, simple and practical all at once

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