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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

New services added to portfolio

  • From breathing apparatus, to full body protection, all the way through to fall arresters: BUCHEN’s SafetyService division has become one of the leading providers of bespoke concepts for managing safety technology. REMONDIS’ subsidiary recently extended its business operations – opening a new service centre and expanding its customer base to include firefighters and the emergency services.

A full range of concepts for managing safety technology

Being an industrial services specialist, BUCHEN UmweltService GmbH works to the highest safety standards. Having served its industrial customers for so many years now, it has in-depth knowledge of safety technology and knows all about the special requirements of this field. It has pooled together its specialist areas of expertise to create its Safety­Service division, enabling it to offer an exceptionally wide range of services.

SafetyService focuses on delivering all the tasks needed to manage safety technology. Looking at the exact requirements of its customers, BUCHEN draws up bespoke concepts and then ensures these are implemented in the most effective way. The company’s portfolio ranges from acting as consultants for safety technology, to servicing, hiring out and selling such equipment, all the way through to training people how to use it. If requested, SafetyService takes over all aspects of managing safety equipment, including keeping an eye on testing intervals, servicing the devices and documenting when the equipment is handed out and returned.

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    BUCHEN also supplies the emergency services and firefighters with an extensive range of technology for their operations – including personal protective equipment

Wider range of services & stronger regional presence

  • The company’s range of services is being continuously extended as is its target groups. Which is why BUCHEN is now serving firefighters and the emergency services in addition to its industrial customers. At the same time, it is looking to grow its network of service centres. In April, for example, a new centre was opened at the chemical park in the German city of Leuna – one of the largest and most modern service centres for safety technology in Europe. Another centre is currently being built in Cologne.

    BUCHEN also holds courses at its new service centre in Leuna to teach participants how to use their safety equipment properly.

    All possible types of industrial safety equipment can be hired or bought at these accredited centres, with the BUCHEN service technicians working there to hand out, take back, service and repair the various devices. Special dispenser systems make it possible for safety materials to be handed out and returned 24/7.

    The safety equipment is serviced by experienced technicians in BUCHEN’s own service centres

Customers prefer to be on the safe side

There are a number of very good reasons why companies choose to collaborate with SafetyService. One crucial argument: the extremely high safety standards delivered by BUCHEN as it can guarantee that the safety equipment that is needed is always available. Moreover, it handles all the documentation work and ensures all equipment is serviced and tested at regular intervals.

“Our solutions not only provide the highest levels of safety, they are also cost effective,” explained managing director Jürgen Lennertz, who is in charge of the SafetyService division. Not tied to any particular manufacturer, BUCHEN is able to deliver the latest technology at competitive prices.

  • In May, BUCHEN SafetyService showcased its services for firefighters and the emergency services at the RETTmobil in Fulda, Europe’s leading exhibition for rescue and mobility

Using life-saving technology correctly

The company not only supplies safety equipment, it also shows how it should be used it. To be able to do this, BUCHEN SafetyService organises courses, passing on its extensive know-how to its customers and providing them with both theory and practice. Priority here is put on showing how to use the products correctly and effectively in line with the manufacturer’s instructions and legal regulations. All types of courses, for example, are being held at the seminar rooms at the service centre in Leuna – showing participants how to use their safety equipment properly as well as holding seminars for operatives looking to specialise in a specific area. Such courses are also held in BUCHEN’s own training centre in Voerde (Lower Rhine region), where operatives can practise using their respiratory protective equipment under realistic conditions.

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