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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

In action down under

The Snowy Monaro Regional Council, amalgamated just last year, can be found a good 100km south of the Australian capital Canberra. This picturesque region is a popular summer and winter destination for both Australian and international tourists wishing to visit the Snowy Mountains, the seemingly never-ending forests, the Monaro Plains and the wild Snowy River as well as the region’s beautiful villages and modern centres. REMONDIS Australia has now been awarded the collection contract for this part of Australia.  

A new branch in Cooma

REMONDIS Australia has provided ad-hoc hook-lift services to the region for many years, which are managed from REMONDIS Australia’s Canberra branch. Under the new contract, REMONDIS Australia will establish a new branch in Cooma for truck parking and bin storage. REMONDIS will provide kerbside collection services to Cooma and hook-lift services to the surrounding townships of Adaminaby, Berridale, Bredbo, Bombala, Delegate, Jindabyne, Numerella and Nimmitabel.The new contract will see the traditional crate collection system for recyclables (with separated paper and cardboard) combined to deliver an integrated and fully commingled service with new 360l bins issued to Cooma residents. Recyclables will be transported by REMONDIS Australia to Canberra for processing. Dean Lynch, Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator, commented: “This new contract is the best value option for ratepayers.”

  • “This new contract is the best value option for ratepayers.”

    Dean Lynch, Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator

  • Ideal partnership for delivering innovations

    Susie McBurney, REMONDIS manager for News South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, looked ahead to their work with the council: “REMONDIS is excited to expand its services in the region and looks forward to delivering exceptional customer service in partnership with Council under the new contract.” Despite its remoteness, the region is renowned for implementing innovative recycling programmes, including food and garden organics collection and processing systems. REMONDIS Australia and Snowy Monaro Regional Council make the ideal partnership to deliver additional innovations and improvements to waste and recycling services in the region.

    • Susie McBurney, REMONDIS Manager for News South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, signing the contract with Dean Lynch, Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator

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