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There are a few obvious parallels between this well-known international sweets manufacturer from the Italian region of Piedmont and REMONDIS. Both are successful, family-run companies. Both businesses can look back at a long history that began in the first half of the 20th Century. Ferrero’s story started when Piera and Pietro Ferrero turned their small pastry shop into a factory in the 1940s. Josef Rethmann was a little earlier off the mark: in the middle of the 30s, he laid the foundations for what has now become one of the world’s largest recycling, water and service companies. Family tradition, reliability and the highest possible quality standards – these are values that unite the two companies and ensure that their collaboration work in Turkey is such a success.
You might be excused for thinking that Ferrero and REMONDIS are worlds apart. Food and confectionery on the one hand, waste management and recycling on the other. This, however, is the most important point. Ferrero, now in its third generation and run by CEO Giovanni Ferrero, is committed to sustainability and to protecting the environment throughout the whole of its operations, starting with the manufacturing and packaging of its products. This automatically includes making sure that high quality collection and recycling systems are in place for managing its waste. REMONDIS offers such services in 34 countries around the world, including Turkey.
Ferrero International S.A., the parent company of the Ferrero Group, comprises 74 individual firms with 20 production plants. Ferrero products, such as the famous Mon Cheri chocolates, nutella and Kinder Kids collection, are sold in over 16 countries around the globe. In 2014, Ferrero had a workforce of just under 28,000 employees and a turnover of approx. 8.4 billion euros.
One of Ferrero’s newest plants can be found in a modern industrial estate in Manisa, a city situated around forty kilometres north-west of Izmir. This 27,500m² facility has been manufacturing a number of the company’s products since 2013 – primarily chilled snacks, such as Pingui, and Ferrero’s global bestseller nutella, which is not only sold on the Turkish market from here but also exported to Greece, the Caucasus, India, the Middle East and Cameroon. 180 employees work here in a three-shift operation six days a week.
FERREO and REMONDIS – a collaboration in Turkey between two family-run companies full of tradition.
The Turkish authorities have officially named the facility as being “particularly sustainable” in recognition of its unusually high environmental standards. This includes its low consumption of raw materials, its extremely low air and noise pollution levels and, in particular, its exemplary waste management system and recycling rates. The amount of waste generated there since the plant was commissioned has already been reduced by 30 %. REMONDIS’ task is to ensure that the rest is separated into individual waste streams and then sent to environmentally friendly recycling facilities.
Ferrero’s new plant near Izmir produces the well-known Ferrero food and snacks for Turkey, Greece, the Middle East, India and a number of other countries
REMONDIS increases sustainability at FERRERO and saves them time and money.
All waste packaging, pallets and vegetable oils are fully recycled; food waste from the production plant is used to make animal feed. The only waste streams that must be disposed of are residual waste that cannot be sent for materials recycling and mixed household waste. Whilst the latter is still sent to landfill in accordance with Turkish laws, the former is transformed into refuse-derived fuel for cement works.
REMONDIS has set up a bespoke system of recycling containers for each waste stream at specific points around the factory grounds to ensure that the employees from the various departments separate their waste at source. The advantages speak for themselves. Firstly, this system automatically increases the employees’ awareness of environmental issues as they actively help to protect the environment and prevent climate change as part of their everyday work. Secondly, there is no need to take on extra staff. Moreover, material recycling rates have greatly increased as the waste is separated so effectively.
REMONDIS carries out all waste management and recycling tasks for Ferrero in Manisa, organises the marketing of the recovered raw materials and provides the company with advice on all aspects of recycling technology and optimising material streams. Ferrero benefits from this collaboration in a number of ways. This turn-key waste management system and immediate support not only save them time and money – REMONDIS also helps to ensure that this sweet side of life is based on sustainable foundations.
Mehmet Emin Bakalci, Managing Director of REMONDIS Turkey