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  • Dear Readers!

    This editorial was written and ready for print and focused primarily on the EU’s Green Deal. And then coronavirus spread around the world and the text had to be revised. Despite the current situation, though, the Green Deal remains one of the most important projects for the European circular economy. And many other things have happened as well – the question surrounding DSD, for example.

    It is now official. On 22 April 2020, the first Cartel Panel of the Higher Regional Court [Oberlandesgericht] of Düsseldorf dismissed our appeal against the Cartel Office’s decision. Their ruling surprised us as we were sure that we had the better arguments in favour of us acquiring Duales System Deutschland GmbH. But we live under the rule of law and we will, of course, accept their decision. What we need to do now is to take the time required to take a detailed look at the Panel’s reasons for dismissing our appeal and then carefully decide what our next steps should be. In light of the fact that all other major competitors operate in this market, it will be interesting to see to what extent REMONDIS will get involved in the Dual System in the future.

    It is not so easy to look ahead at the moment, though, faced with the current coronavirus emergency. When the first media reports came through on 29 December last year that China had informed the WHO that it had an unexplained cluster of people suffering from an unidentified lung disease, no one realised just how hard or how fast this virus would affect the globalised economy. It is practically impossible to estimate the costs incurred by the economy grounding to a halt as a result of the virus. And it is not just the private sector that has felt the impact. Many city and district authorities were already in financial difficulties before the crisis began. Their situation can only get worse, now that their revenue from local business tax and their takings from their local amenities have plummeted. Maybe it is time to set aside old arguments and enter into long-term partnerships with the private sector that will benefit both parties – especially when it comes to delivering essential public services. Setting up public private joint ventures dedicated to providing essential services could help mitigate the consequences of the crisis. At the end of the day, ‘a load shared is a load halved’. One positive coming from these unprecedented times is the increased sense of solidarity among the population and towards many sections of the economy. REMONDIS, too, is there to help and support its municipal partners – during this crisis more than ever.

    Past pandemics have rarely lasted longer than two years. At some stage – whether with or without a vaccine – public life and business will return to normal. This will be the moment when it will become clear to all that our planet’s biggest problem – climate change – has not solved itself. Once again, the spotlight will be turned on the European Union’s Green Deal. Looking at a list published from within the EU, there is a danger of important regulations being watered down, especially in the area of the circular economy. In contrast, the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, expressly advises against neglecting climate action and environmental protection following the Covid-19 crisis in its ad-hoc statement published on 14 April 2020. In fact, it recommends the exact opposite. The economy must be kick-started so that it can grow again and should, it says, be “guided more firmly than before by considerations of sustainability, not least because this offers vast potential for economic growth.” Climate change is and will continue to be the biggest challenge for the future and REMONDIS, being one of the leading water and recycling businesses, will continue to put forward its solutions and play an important role.

    With this in mind: stay safe and stay positive.

    Thomas Conzendorf

A wide range of business activities

  • REMONDIS has acquired the recycling operations of Baetsen Containers B.V., Baetsen Recycling B.V. and Baetsen Bouwstoffen & Sloopwerken B.V., with retroactive effect from 01 January 2019. Over the last few years, the Baetsen Group has become an important market player in its industry. With branches in Veldhoven, Son and Echt, the Group delivers its services to companies, private individuals and local authorities. Based in the south of the Netherlands, this family-run company operates in the areas of waste collection, recycling, transport, excavation and demolition work as well as crane hire. Each year, it handles around 175,000 tonnes of mixed construction waste, 100,000 tonnes of wood and 350,000 tonnes of mineral waste.

Setting the right path for the future

Following the signing of the contracts, Hans van Roosmalen, managing director of the Baetsen Group, explained why he was so pleased with this development: “We went through a very careful selection procedure before opting for REMONDIS. REMONDIS is a leading family-run business that will continue to invest in sustainable waste treatment systems. This is a good time to take the next step forward. We are proud to be able to move our successful company forward into this new phase – and to be able to continue operating our original activities. The future has been secured for our recycling businesses as well as for Baetsen Transport and Baetsen Kranen.”

200 new employees

  • Thanks to the takeover of Baetsen, REMONDIS will be able to strengthen its waste management and recycling activities in the south of the Netherlands. The acquisition also included taking over all 200 employees and several business locations in Noord-Brabant and Limburg with their 80+ vehicles. Dr Andreas Krawczik, managing director of REMONDIS Nederland, commented: “The Baetsen family’s long-standing operations are steeped in tradition. This – combined with its innovative spirit, customer orientation and performance capabilities – make it an ideal business for REMONDIS. We know that we will be able to continue to deliver the same high quality service. We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to acquire this large company in Noord-Brabant, which will enable us to provide our customers with an extensive range of services.”

    • Dr Andreas Krawczik, Managing Director REMONDIS Nederland, and Hans van Roosmalen, Managing Director Baetsen (front row, from left to right), signing the contract in the presence of Ton François, Baetsen Board Member, Dr Gerd Terbeck, Managing Director REMONDIS Nederland, and Helma van Roosmalen, a Baetsen shareholder (back row, from left to right)

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