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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

Solution from the market leader

  • REMONDIS Medison, a leading provider of healthcare waste management solutions, has come up with an innovative, safe and easy-to-use solution for disposing of syringes and other sharp objects. Targeted at doctors’ surgeries and home care services as well as industrial businesses, RESHARP stands out from the crowd with its unique combination of products and services.

Highest levels of safety & maximum flexibility

  • “The customers receive special rigid bins that have been approved for storing sharps. When they are full, the bins are then collected free of charge by UPS. Which means that REMONDIS Medison’s safe collection scheme also includes a full and innovative range of services,” explained Vanessa Schürhoff, who is in charge of the project. This novel system not only considerably reduces the customers’ workload, it also offers maximum levels of safety and flexibility. “Syringes that are to be sent for incineration can, in theory, be thrown away with residual waste. This can create problems, however, as they end up in the residual waste bin that can be accessed by anyone,” said Vanessa Schürhoff, underlining the possible risks. Using the RESHARP scheme removes the potential hazards that come with disposing of sharps in the black bin.

    The approved RESHARP bins are made of a rigid material so that sharps can be safely stored and transported. The bins are collected free of charge

Easy-to-use online ordering system

The sharps bins can be ordered online whenever they are needed and payment is also simple as the platform offers a variety of online payment methods. The clients themselves decide when they wish the full sharps bins to be collected. “If they don’t want them to be collected, then they can simply hand them in to a UPS office,” Vanessa Schürhoff continued. Discretion is also guaranteed as the scheme provides an unbroken chain of services from start to finish. Nobody has access to the RESHARP bins except REMONDIS and UPS which means they are collected and transported without anyone else noticing. RESHARP can be used for disposing of syringes as well as any other type of sharp or pointed instruments. This means, of course, that is not only a safe system for scalpels but also for used box cutters and razor blades found at industrial firms.

State-of-the-art recycling technology

Being part of the REMONDIS Group, REMONDIS Medison has access to state-of-the-art processing and recycling technologies so that customers can rest assured that their old sharps are being handled and treated using environmentally sound processes.

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