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  • Dear Readers!

    Equal opportunities are a tricky subject. It goes without saying, of course, that we believe all children should have the same opportunities to give them a fair start in life – no matter where they may be born. Indeed, we would consider it to be highly unfair if it weren’t the case. When it comes to equal opportunities in the waste management industry, however, Germany has created a seriously unfair competitive situation that is not only inefficient but also a financial burden for taxpayers and the private sector. The issue here is value added tax (VAT). Municipal companies are exempt from charging VAT and so have a price advantage of up to 19% over their private sector competitors. Whilst privately run firms are subject to VAT laws, municipal businesses are not – even though they provide exactly the same service. The results: privately owned companies are being pushed out of the market by state-owned monopolies, private sector jobs are being put at risk, revenue from business tax and VAT is falling, which, in the end, impacts negatively on local authorities. A recent legal report published by Professor Roman Seer from the Institute for Tax Law and Tax Procedure Law at the Ruhr University in Bochum has revealed that this system is in breach of the law – with consumers paying a heavy price.

    Rhenus Recycling has now become REMONDIS Recycling – an excellent addition to REMONDIS’ portfolio. All glass, plastics and textile recycling activities are now in the hands of the recycling specialists REMONDIS. Thanks to this move, the company’s customers will benefit from an even bigger and more closely knit network of recycling locations. The deposit return system for managing the return of drinks bottles and cans is also part of this portfolio and will also be run under REMONDIS’ name in the future. One of the reasons why German consumers do not need to return bottles to the supermarket they actually bought them from is because REMONDIS Recycling operates seven counting centres for disposable bottles across the whole of Germany and offers a reliable IT system with comprehensive billing services for food retailers and industrial businesses. Welcome to REMONDIS.

    It is extremely important in these turbulent times for companies to be aware of their social responsibilities. This is perhaps a little easier for REMONDIS being a provider of recycling services as it has an excellent sustainability record and can offer 33,000 people a permanent job – but there is always more that can be done. Whether it be investing in educational projects such as the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS, helping to make children more traffic aware to keep them safe on our roads or donating a vacuum truck to improve living conditions at a refugee camp in Iraq. REMONDIS and all its employees work hard each and every day to make our world that little bit better. Maybe this was the reason why 632 young people have chosen to start an apprenticeship at our company this year – ‘working for the future’. A very big welcome to all our new colleagues at REMONDIS.

    Yours

    Max Köttgen

The website’s trump card is its clear structure

People visiting the remondis.de website can now get to the information they are looking for faster than ever before. As part of its relaunch, the REMONDIS Group’s website has been given a new, eye-catching design as well as two really useful search functions that make life much easier for all those wishing to find more detailed information about the company. Moreover, charts or infographics have been drawn up for each of the Group’s divisions – recycling, services and water – summarising the wide variety of services on offer. The new section ‘REMONDIS in Germany’ provides users with information about all of the REMONDIS companies operating in Germany.

Simple searches, fast results

  • Two search functions are at the heart of the new website making it incredibly easy for people to get straight to the information they wish to find. The full text search function enables users to enter a search word. The tool then looks for this term across all of the websites operated by the REMONDIS companies. If a user wishes to find out more about a service or a branch, then the tool checks through the more than 100 websites run by the Group’s specialist and regional firms to search for it. A list of results then appears directing the user to the pages that contain the information they are looking for.

    Take a look at the new search functions

Visitors directed straight to the information they’re looking for

People who are looking for information about REMONDIS but who are not sure what the exact name of the service is can use the second search function: the index search tool. First they must specify whether they are a private individual, company or local authority. They can then choose between a list of services or a list of websites. The list of services shows all the services provided by all the different REMONDIS companies for their specific target group in alphabetical order. The list of websites provides the users with an overview of the REMONDIS companies relevant to their target group and allows them to access the individual sites with a single click. What’s more, REMONDIS has published eye-catching charts on its website summarising for the first time the many services offered by its recycling, services and water divisions.

Sustainability is at the core of REMONDIS’ business. Which is why we have dedicated a whole website to the subject. Why not take a look and be inspired as well?! remondis-sustainability.com

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