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  • Dear Readers!

    The summer break has come to an end and people are gradually returning to work – as are the MPs in Berlin. Once again, environmental politicians are focusing on the subjects of waste management and recycling. The coalition agreement, signed by the Government in 2013, gives great importance to curbing global warming and using our planet’s natural resources efficiently and also expressly states that innovations that protect the environment, prevent climate change and preserve resources are also opportunities for economic growth. Industry specialists are well aware, however, that economic growth and more innovations are only possible if there are clear framework conditions in place that guarantee fair competition, if product responsibility is extended and if recycling targets are raised. The latter, in particular, can only be implemented if the necessary legal framework has been established so that joint kerbside collection schemes for packaging and other recyclables can be set up.

    Unfortunately, the latest draft bill for the new packaging law has failed to deliver what many had been hoping for. What we seem to have here is the eighth amendment to the Packaging Ordinance rather than a genuine recyclables law. Whilst there are a few positive approaches to remedying the current deficiencies, it does not deal with the question of whether waste made of similar materials to packaging should also be collected in recycling bins. The increased recycling targets are well below the volumes that could actually be recovered from household waste. According to the latest studies, an additional 7.8 million tonnes of raw materials could still be collected which in turn would reduce carbon emissions by a further 1.6 million tonnes. Moreover, the need for fair competition and a level playing field between the private and public sector companies has not been tackled in the draft bill either. And there is practically no mention of introducing effective ecodesign guidelines that would force manufacturers to think about how their products could be recycled when actually designing them. We must wait and see whether this draft bill actually becomes law. The private recycling sector believes that a number of improvements need to be made to the bill. Time is running out, however, with the general election coming up next year.

    REMONDIS demonstrates just what can be done with waste and how the very most can be made of these materials to curb climate change and protect the environment – such as at its Lippe Plant in Lünen. The efforts being made by the company here were officially recognised recently when KlimaExpo.NRW (a cross-departmental initiative of the state government of NRW to prevent climate change, conserve resources and achieve sustainable economic growth) added three of the Lippe Plant’s areas of expertise to its list of the twelve best projects in North Rhine-Westphalia. At this site, industrial and household waste is recycled and turned into primary products for industrial businesses, waste and residual materials are transformed into fuels and, last but by no means least, biomass is recycled or used to generate energy. These three areas of expertise alone reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 416,000 tonnes every year – and are, therefore, getting as close as technically possible to achieving fully closed cycles. The Lippe Plant flagship project is becoming ever more effective. It is high time that this model becomes the norm so that future generations also have a planet worth living on.


    Thomas Conzendorf

Specialists for separator services

Five years ago, the REMONDIS Group set up its AS-CONTROL division to offer specialist services for separator technology across Germany. By focusing on this one specific area – primarily on performing maintenance, servicing, inspection and repair work – REMONDIS Industrie Service has been able to steadily expand its portfolio in this field. With the business growing and enjoying such success, the decision was then made to transform this division into a company in its own right. The result: REMONDIS AS-CONTROL GmbH was established at the beginning of this year.

Six branches in Germany

    • REMONDIS’ new specialist company is being managed from its head office in the German city of Herne. REMONDIS AS-CONTROL GmbH currently has a network of six branches: in Herne, Uetze, Hamburg, Bargeshagen, Berlin and Reichenbach. Each location has a team leader who is responsible for organising their local operations and supporting their customers. Each of them has all the qualifications needed for this work as well as in-depth knowledge of their field so that they can advise their customers and answer any questions they may have. All of the operatives take part in annual training courses to refresh and expand their know-how – a further way of ensuring that REMONDIS AS-CONTROL’s high standards are maintained in the future, too. Besides having such an experienced team, AS-CONTROL also operates a highly modern fleet of vehicles which was completely renewed last year. These steps to modernise and expand the range of equipment were taken to prepare the business to become an independent company. Thanks to these decisions, AS-CONTROL will continue to be able to fulfil the most complex demands of its ever growing customer base.

    • AS-CONTROL’s new range of services also includes teaching its customers about separator technology

Top quality advice & services

  • Every day, REMONDIS AS-CONTROL GmbH makes an important contribution towards protecting the environment and the quality of the groundwater. It helps operators of separators – especially light liquid and oil separators – to monitor, check and document their facilities in accordance with all laws as well as to advise them on the latest rules and regulations. “Our work is really important for the environment. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) find the regulations a great challenge: garages, petrol stations, forwarding agencies, canteens and restaurants must all operate separators to make sure their wastewater does not contain pollutants such as petrol, lubricants, oils and fats,” explained Thomas Korba, managing director of REMONDIS AS-CONTROL GmbH.

    REMONDIS AS-CONTROL GmbH makes an important contribution towards protecting the environment and the quality of the groundwater.

    It is essential that these separators are serviced, checked, cleaned and maintained at regular intervals if they are to work properly – tasks that are, for the most part, nothing to do with the core areas of expertise of these SMEs.

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