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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.


    Max Köttgen

Greater speed, efficiency and sustainability

  • REMONDIS has further extended its recycling and material flow network by taking over all shares in Rhenus Recycling. Whilst, in the past, glass, plastics and textiles had been recycled by RHENUS – activities perhaps outside this sister company’s core business of logistics – these operations will now be run by Germany’s largest recycling firm. REMONDIS Recycling itself has a total of 26 business locations in three countries and more than 600 employees. It operates glass treatment plants, plastics processing plants and a facility for sorting and recycling textiles and offers a whole range of services for these three individual material streams. As far as the customers are concerned, this means everything is provided by just one company. This will, in particular, make life easier for local authorities and business owners. One contact person, short transport routes and access to an unparalleled network of plants and services for all material streams, including deposit return schemes, will all ensure services are delivered faster, more efficiently and more sustainably.

The structures are to remain unchanged

“Changing the company’s outer appearance is certainly an important step, as it makes it clear to the market that these areas are now a part of REMONDIS. The internal structures that we have built up over the years will, however, remain in place,” commented managing director, Christoph Bildstein. The only person who has changed is the board member in charge: Christoph Bildstein, Max Kremers and Ralf Mandelatz now report to REMONDIS board member, Max Köttgen. Their individual fields of business, teams of employees and business partners remain unchanged. For the most part, the responsibilities of the three reflect the three business divisions: glass, plastics and textiles as well as logistics

REMONDIS Recycling: a few facts & figures

Glass, plastics, deposit return schemes & textiles

Having worked within the glass recycling sector for over 40 years now, the company is both pioneer and market leader in this field. Its tasks include collecting old glass from diverse large and medium-sized towns as well as rural districts and then processing the material at both its eleven glass treatment plants and its glass grinding facility. Thanks to its state-of-the-art technology, the company is able to supply the glass industry with cullet separated according to type and colour. RE Plano has been a well-known name in the plastics recycling sector for over 60 years now. Under Norbert Rethmann’s careful eye, RE Plano has spent many years looking at ways to recycle old plastic. Thanks to the cutting-edge technology they have developed, REMONDIS PET Recycling is able to produce quality PET flakes that can be used as a recycled raw material by the plastics industry to make new products.

High levels of expertise at REMONDIS

Being one of the co-founders of the German deposit return scheme, REMONDIS Recycling has now become the market leader offering its customers a wide selection of deposit return services for both disposable and reusable bottles and cans. These include operating seven counting centres for handling disposable bottles across Germany as well as comprehensive billing services for food retailers and industrial businesses. Thanks to this scheme, consumers do not have to return bottles to the supermarket they bought them from. A reliable IT system, run by the company’s own computer centre, guarantees both competent services and the highest levels of security. The textiles sorting and recycling plant in Polch (near Koblenz), which is now being operated by REMONDIS Textilrecycling, sorts second-hand clothes and shoes into nine different categories so that they can be sent on for recycling. The clothes comes from municipal and charity collections, for example from Kolping or the German Red Cross. Thanks to these activities, the company is also able to support charitable organisations.

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