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REMONDIS’ Dutch subsidiary is continuing to grow and extend its share of the market. It took a further big step forward when it acquired the commercial waste operations from the municipal company, Avalex. This transaction, which was agreed on at the end of 2015, has paved the way for the company to expand its activities in the Province of South Holland.
More than 3.6 million people live in South Holland. This means that this is not only the country’s most industrialised region but also the most densely populated. The municipal firm, Avalex, was established in The Hague in 2001.
It currently handles the waste management operations for six local authorities in South Holland who are also the owners of the company. The firm is intending to focus on household waste in the future. It has sold its commercial activities to REMONDIS, which now wishes to expand these services.
Jan Hoekema, Mayor of Wassenaar (right), and Dr Andreas Krawczik, Managing Director of REMONDIS Nederland, signing the Avalex contract
Besides taking over the services, REMONDIS has also acquired an additional branch in the university town of Delft. This is perfectly located between the two large cities of The Hague and Rotterdam, providing an excellent platform for expanding the business in South Holland. “REMONDIS’ customers in the region can now be served by a local branch,” explained Dr Andreas Krawczik, managing director of REMONDIS Nederland B.V.
Several other Dutch regions had handed over their commercial operations to REMONDIS prior to this contract with Avalex – for example, the municipal companies Twente Milieu and ROVA in the east of the country. REMONDIS’ position on the market in the eastern provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel has also been further strengthened by its takeover of the waste management and recycling group, Dusseldorp.
Günter Gülker, Managing Director of the German Dutch Chamber of Commerce (left), was welcomed by Dr Andreas Krawczik, REMONDIS Nederland B.V.
REMONDIS wishes to use its expanded business structures to intensify its collaboration work with Dutch local authorities as well as to extend its range of services for both its public and private sector customers. Its focus here is on transparency and transferring know-how.
Which is why, for example, the DNHK (German Dutch Chamber of Commerce) and more than 60 business people travelled to REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant in Lünen in June to take a closer look at the operations there. The visit – part of the ‘DNHK on the ground’ series of events – enabled the guests to see Europe’s largest industrial recycling centre in action. Thanks to the activities at the plant, greenhouse gas emissions are able to be reduced by up to 466,000 tonnes a year. This is the equivalent to the amount of carbon emissions cut by 25,000 hectares of woodland or by a wind farm operating 80 wind turbines.
REMONDIS welcomed a further group of visitors from the IKGL (Groenlo-Lichtenvoorde Industrial Circle) who also travelled to Lünen in June. All in all, almost 60 guests from the Dutch Province of Gelderland attended the event. They were first given a presentation about REMONDIS and the Dusseldorp Group before being taken on a tour around the Lippe Plant (ca. 230 hectares).