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  • Dear Readers!

    Even after just a few months, 2019 is already panning out to be a year full of uncertainty. We are all having to face a variety of challenges. With many of these linked to climate change and the environment, they are automatically affecting the environmental services sector as well. The impact of climate change could be felt all around the world last year with countries being struck by floods, forest fires and drought – and experts are expecting more of the same this year. Both industrial and political decision-makers and consumers across the globe are well aware that urgent measures need to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – something that has been further highlighted by the young Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, who has inspired schoolchildren to take to the streets on Fridays to get adults to finally tackle this problem. This will be a mammoth task as it involves nothing less than halting the loss of biodiversity and ensuring there are sufficient supplies of natural resources for future generations. And this is precisely what REMONDIS does by recovering high quality raw materials from waste. Indeed, there is no other individual measure that is so successful at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources. And this is why we see it as our task to extend the reach of our services and pass on our know-how to others – especially to other countries – to promote resource-friendly recycling activities.

    Our industry is currently undergoing a technological change that will alter the way many things are done. As the world becomes ever more digital, it is inevitable that this technology will have an impact on our everyday lives as well as on the way we do business. The spread of digitisation, however, is creating its own new set of challenges. The political environment in many regions around the world is also changing which could hamper our cross-border efforts to promote sustainable development. This, of course, also includes the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the growing tensions between the so-called superpowers. We need the support of our politicians so that we can make the world that little bit more sustainable – whether it be the implementation of a Europe-wide landfill ban or the creation of an Ecodesign Directive that takes raw material efficiency into account as well as energy efficiency. All in all, the upcoming European Elections will be an important political milestone for Europe.

    REMONDIS is doing its utmost to turn these challenges into opportunities and to navigate through these stormy seas safely. We are marking out the way for sustainable success by investing in technology and growing our portfolio.

    You can find out more about our plans for the future by taking a look through this latest issue of REMONDIS AKTUELL – and discover how our customers can benefit from our strong and stable services in these volatile times. 

    Yours

    Egbert Tölle

A collaborative and sustainable project

Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH (CCEP), FRÄNKISCHE and REMONDIS have come up with a truly sustainable project for managing rainwater – a project that also helps protect the environment. First, the recycling experts REMONDIS transform CCEP’s used bottle tops into high quality recycled plastic, which FRÄNKISCHE, a leading manufacturer of pipe systems, then uses to produce so-called Rigofill blocks. These blocks are used to make underground drainage systems – as a run-off and storage area for rainwater – giving the natural water cycle a helping hand in areas where humans have sealed off the surface. The Rigofill storage modules are not only of an excellent quality, they are also particularly environmentally friendly: FRÄNKISCHE manufactures them using top quality recycled plastic rather than virgin plastic.

High quality recycled plastic

  • No matter what the product, FRÄNKISCHE only ever uses quality-assured materials in its production processes. Its material of choice for its Rigofill blocks is PLANOPROP, a brand-name polypropylene product made by REMONDIS that has received a number of awards. Every year, over 2,700 tonnes of CO2 are saved producing this recycled plastic compared to the production of virgin plastic. What’s more, the recycled material more than meets the company’s high quality requirements.

    To be able to produce these recycled plastic pellets, REMONDIS first sorts, cuts up and washes CCEP’s bottle tops before recycling them. It is essential that they are sorted and screened well to ensure that the plastic does not lose its material properties. PLANOPROP is particularly suitable for manufacturing products that need to be lightweight, stable and long-lasting. Being such a robust material, PP is perfect for the Rigofill system and meets the strict requirements of underground civil engineering work. When installed correctly, these storage blocks can last for many years. And, once the Rigofill block does finally come to the end of its useful life, the plastic can be recycled again – further underlining its green credentials. Conserving natural resources, recovering raw materials from products, keeping transport routes as short as possible and reducing carbon emissions – this is what sustainable industry must look like to safeguard the future.

Rainwater management with Rigofill

For over 20 years now, the pipe specialist FRÄNKISCHE has been developing and manufacturing a whole range of products and systems to manage rainwater. These products recreate the natural water cycle wherever it has been cut off. Huge swathes of land in developed countries are being covered in manmade structures. Surfaces are being sealed off by roads, squares and residential areas – not to mention industrial and trading estates – all of which prevent rainwater from being absorbed into the ground.

And if the rain can’t seep into the ground, it will take another route. The results: flooded towns and falling groundwater levels, damaged infrastructure and buildings. The Rigofill system is used to prevent this happening: being a modular system, the blocks can be combined to create as big or as small a structure as needed. Once installed they form a drain that can temporarily store the pre-treated rainwater before gradually releasing it again. As the blocks are placed underground, they have to be particularly robust and able to withstand pressure caused by earth movement, traffic or indeed groundwater. This is where the composition of the material used to make the Rigofill system plays such an important role. The Rigofill blocks are particularly strong, with the different types designed to fulfil a variety of requirements – from heavy traffic to quieter surfaces. All of the FRÄNKISCHE blocks have been made to last for at least 50 years.

The innovative material life cycle

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