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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

Urgent action needed

  • The indoor snow centre, alpincenter Bottrop, opened its doors to the public in 2001 and is one of the biggest attractions in the Ruhr area, one of the most densely populated regions in Europe. Located on the site of an old mine, it was soon discovered that a number of the supporting pillars, on which the snow centre had been built, had shifted due to movement in the ground. This meant that the Bottrop city authorities had to set up a planning committee to find out how or if this problem could be solved. One thing was certain: a comprehensive solution had to be found if the centre and its impressive 640-metre ski slope were to be saved.

REMEX’s robust concept

At the end of 2015, a robust concept – in every sense of the word – was developed for the alpincenter with the help of REMEX Mineralstoff GmbH. By combining REMEX’s recycled aggregate (brand name: granova®), produced from incinerator bottom ash at its facility in Oberhausen, with AURUBIS’ iron silicate sand, a by-product generated during its copper recycling processes, it was possible to create a material that more than met the requirements regarding stability, permeability and weight. Indeed, this project’s biggest challenge was finding a material that not only had the suitable technical properties but was also available in sufficient quantities as 450,000m³ were needed to stabilise the centre.

  • of material were needed to stabilise the centre

Recycled aggregate perfect for the job

  • “We’re really pleased that granova® was able to secure the future of the snow centre. The fact that our recycled product was used is not only good because it means people can continue to have fun there long into the future. It is also important as it helps combat the imminent shortage of mineral aggregate,” explained Stephan Böcker, managing director of REMEX Oberhausen GmbH.

Using recycled material brings twice the benefits

After a number of other scenarios had failed to meet the requirements for this project, REMEX’s concept not only won over the City of Bottrop as the approval body but also the Ministry of the Environment in Düsseldorf and the district authorities in Münster. There were a number of pivotal reasons why REMEX and AURUBIS won the contract with their recycled aggregate. These included the volumes of material that were available as well as the homogeneity and consistent quality of the aggregate which is regularly monitored by quality control specialists. “As far as we are concerned this is all part of the service – not simply delivering the perfect material but efficient plant technology as well,” concluded Stephan Böcker. Being part of the REMONDIS Group, these mineral waste recycling experts have not only secured the future of the snow centre as a fun place for people to visit but has also helped conserve our planet’s supplies of mineral aggregate. This recycled product helps promote sustainability and is in no way inferior to its naturally sourced counterpart.

  • “We’re really pleased that granova® was able to secure the future of the snow centre.”

    Stephan Böcker, Managing Director of REMEX Oberhausen

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