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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

Paint, varnish, batteries and more accepted

  • Households are full of hazardous waste. If these materials are thrown away incorrectly, they can put the whole family at risk. REMONDIS has a special Safety Truck that enables potentially hazardous materials, such as paint, varnish, batteries and chemicals, to be collected quickly and safely. Many local authorities – including the District of Ravensburg – have been impressed by REMONDIS’ special vehicle and the convenient collection service it can provide. Werner Nitz, head of waste management in the District of Ravensburg, explains why.

    Werner Nitz, Head of Waste Management in the District of Ravensburg

Interview

Mr Nitz, the District of Ravensburg has been collaborating with REMONDIS Industrie Service in the area of hazmat collections for a while now. What services are being delivered here?

Werner Nitz: A total of 65 mobile collection points are organised close to households across the district once a year to enable local inhabitants to get rid of their hazardous waste. In 2018, we decided to make this service even more convenient for our residents by offering two different dates – one in the spring and one in the autumn. In January 2019, we then added a further alternative: residents can now hand in their hazardous waste to recycling centres, such as the Ravensburg-Gutenfurt centre, on a Friday afternoon.

Do you have any particular expectations when it comes to this service?

Werner Nitz: We expect the staff accepting the materials to be competent and polite.

What has the reaction of your local residents been to this mobile hazardous waste collection service?

Werner Nitz: This service has proven to be very popular indeed, especially the fixed monthly collection point that we have been offering since January 2019.

  • “All in all, we were able to increase the amount collected across the district to 154 tonnes in 2017. This figure lay at just 130 tonnes in 2016.”

    Werner Nitz, Head of Waste Management in the District of Ravensburg

What are the collection rates of hazardous materials like in the District of Ravensburg?

Werner Nitz: All in all, we were able to increase the amount collected across the district to 154t in 2017. This figure lay at just 130t in 2016. However, with our average volume lying at 0.54kg per inhabitant, we are still below the average rate achieved by Baden-Württemberg, which lies at 0.75kg per resident per year.

Do you think this mobile hazmat service will help you to conserve more resources and protect the environment?

Werner Nitz: Yes, I do. By offering such a wide range of dates and collection points close to people’s homes right across the district, I believe that our local residents will hand in these hazardous materials rather than throw them into the residual waste bin, which is, of course, not permitted.

What recommendations would you give other district authorities looking to set up efficient hazmat collection services?

Werner Nitz: We believe that the most efficient way to collect these materials is to have a combination of mobile collection points and one fixed day a month when the hazardous waste can be handed in to a household recycling centre. It is also the most convenient system for the residents.

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