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  • Dear Readers!

    Whilst the energy transition “experiment” continues unabated in Germany and the large energy providers find themselves in a difficult situation as they try to find out exactly what their main business now is, REMONDIS – as a consumer – has been taking action and has come up with some innovative solutions to tackle the energy problem. We have, for example, succeeded in considerably reducing energy consumption at our dismantling centre for waste electrical and electronic equipment at the Lippe Plant in Lünen by introducing a new energy management system. Whereas, in the past, it had only been possible to see how much energy the plant was consuming as a whole, a new software system – developed by the company itself – now enables the ­consumption of each individual piece of equipment and each individual light to be recorded. One of the responses to the results generated by this new system was to exchange all the lights in the plant with state-of-the-art LEDs. This has led to more light with fewer carbon emissions and lower costs and this idea is catching on across the whole of the group. This is what we at REMONDIS believe the energy transition to be.

    REMONDIS continues to enjoy healthy growth and not only in its home region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Our family-owned company has been expanding in the countries which are on its list of “core regions”. These include, for example, neighbouring countries such as Poland to the east and the Netherlands to the west. The Dutch recycling firm, van ­Gansewinkel, recently sold its Polish operations to ­REMONDIS. Furthermore, REMONDIS acquired the business locations and activities of the Becker Group in the south of Poland. Thanks to these latest transactions, we have succeeded in expanding our range of services for our Polish customers and strengthening our position on the Polish market – one of the company’s so-called core markets. At the time of going to press, we also received the good news that our Dutch subsidiary has taken over the Dusseldorp Group. This will considerably grow REMONDIS Nederland’s operations in the Dutch recycling sector.

    According to the Federal Office for National Statistics, the total debt of the local and district authorities in Germany lay at around 140 billion euros at the end of 2014 – and this figure is likely to rise. Some councils, however, are of the opinion that they can solve this problem by remunicipalising services that, they believe, fall into the category of “vital public services”. To be able to do this though they must spend large sums of money on setting up the necessary infrastructure – an infrastructure that private sector firms already have in place and which they could offer far more cost-effectively. We know from experience that the best solution is to work together as partners, as can be seen in the City of Freiburg in the Breisgau region. The PPP model continues to be a practicable solution that unites the two worlds in the best possible way and brings the most benefits for the regional economy and the local inhabitants.

    The arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Germany to escape from their war-torn homelands will mean greater challenges as well as some great opportunities for our ­country and local authorities. Let us work together in a spirit of optimism and confidence to create a better future for ­everyone living in our country. REMONDIS is there as always to help and advise its municipal partners. 


    Ludger Rethmann

Two family-run companies working together

  • 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.

Joint goal: sustainability

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.

  • High environmental standards at Ferrero

    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.

Focusing on segregating waste

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.

Comprehensive recycling from REMONDIS

  • 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

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