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“Freiburg has got what everyone is looking for …” is one of the well-known mottos of this city, situated on the edge of the Black Forest. Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung Freiburg, aka ASF, plays a major role in ensuring that local inhabitants and visitors alike have a positive impression of this historic university city. This public private partnership (PPP) owned by the City of Freiburg and REMONDIS illustrates perfectly just how successful the PPP business model can be in Germany.
Located in the Breisgau region between the Rhine and the Black Forest and with a climate that is almost Mediterranean, Freiburg is a truly green city. The people living and working there have high expectations when it comes to quality of life and cleanliness and it is ASF’s task to make sure these expectations are met. With around 330 employees and 165 vehicles, the company is on the road every day collecting the city’s different waste streams and transporting them to environmentally friendly facilities where glass, paper and sales packaging can be recycled or organic waste transformed into high quality compost and biogas. Thanks to the collaboration between REMONDIS and the City of Freiburg, ASF is now able to recycle around 80,000 tonnes of waste – helping to protect the environment and prevent climate change.
The decision of the Baden-Württemberg committee of the VKU (German Association of Local Public Utilities) responsible for waste management and city cleaning services to hold their meeting at Freiburg’s Concert Hall on 08 and 09 July 2015 was, therefore, a most suitable choice. Many speeches were held during the two days on subjects such as quality management, occupational health management, collective bargaining laws and work protection. A number of people from various different groups explained how they saw the “Future of the Recycling Sector”.
Mr Helmfried Meinel, Head of the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector at the Baden-Württemberg state parliament, also held a speech at the event. The VKU was represented by the association’s Vice President, Mr Patrick Hasenkamp. Dr Alexis von Komorowski described the recycling sector from the point of view of the leading public sector associations. The view of the private sector recycling industry was presented in detail by the honorary chairman of the supervisory board of RETHMANN SE & Co. KG, Mr Norbert Rethmann. Most of those present agreed on one thing: the discussions regarding the new recycling law will continue for a number of months yet. In the meantime, the ASF is already demonstrating today just how local inhabitants can benefit when recyclables are collected and treated efficiently.
The atmosphere was excellent at the event. (from left to right) Michael Broglin, Managing Director of ASF, Dr Dieter Salomon, Mayor of the City of Freiburg, Norbert Rethmann, Honorary Chairman of the supervisory board of RETHMANN SE & Co. KG, Heinrich Zölzer, former member of the supervisory board, and Eckardt Vogt, Managing Director of REMONDIS South