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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. 

    Yours

    Ludger Rethmann

Moving up down under

  • REMONDIS Australia has achieved a surge in growth this year. Having purchased Orora Limited’s Western Australia’s recycling business and New South Wales family owned Watts Waste Pty Ltd, the company can now provide its customers with greater access to recycling and waste management solutions. The two acquisitions will significantly increase REMONDIS’ presence in the Australian recycling market.

Synergies mean greater benefits

With the two acquisitions, REMONDIS will have the capacity to manage in excess of 100,000 tonnes per annum of recyclable materials for commercial, industrial and municipal customers. The integration of the two firms into REMONDIS’ network will bring about significant synergies in the short term and will add greater national service offerings to the company’s client base in Australia.

Orora, Western Australia

Orora is based in Canning Vale, in the Southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. The company is the leading processor of waste paper in Western Australia and receives and processes up to 80,000 tonnes per annum of paper and cardboard predominantly. Orora provides waste fibre processing capabilities, received from commercial and municipal clients within the metropolitan and regional areas of Perth.

Australia is one of the REMONDIS Group’s fastest-growing core regions.

The majority of the fibre is graded and exported to Asia. This facility was declared as a “Recycler Leading by Example” from Western Australia’s State Government recognising its outstanding efforts to increase recycling. REMONDIS Australia has current operations based in Perth’s northern suburb of Osborne Park where it has a processing facility for paper and cardboard. Thanks to this acquisition, REMONDIS is now the market leader in this field in Perth.

Watts Waste, New South Wales

The Watts Waste business operates out of two depots located at Oxford Falls in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and Smithfield located in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. The facilities collect a combined total of approximately 55,000 tonnes of commercial waste and around 10,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard per annum.

  • „REMONDIS Australia keeps growing and increasing its market share and on top of the above two acquisitions a number of other acquisitions are in the pipeline. We are thrilled about adding the two organisations to REMONDIS Australia and continuing to provide exceptional service to our customers.“

    Luke Agati, Managing Director REMONDIS Australia

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