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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

Over 100 competitors

  • Robert Sonnenschein, managing director of REMONDIS Industrie Service, and Fabian Möllers, head of the RESPRAY division, left the presentation of this year’s GreenTec Awards feeling very proud of their achievements. They and their innovative aerosol can recycling process had begun as one of 100 competitors and had made it to the final for the ‘Resources and Recycling’ category.

  • One of the top 4 projects

    The 10th presentation ceremony for the GreenTec Awards, Europe’s most prestigious environmental prize, was held in Berlin this year on 12 May. Once again, only the best of the best had been invited for each category – according to the jury this most certainly also included inviting Robert Sonnenschein and Fabian Möllers to represent REMONDIS’ aerosol can recycling system. Their system, RESPRAY, had been officially named one of the four projects in the ‘Resources and Recycling’category still to be in the running for the wooden trophy.

    • Robert Sonnenschein, REMONDIS Managing Director, and Fabian Möllers, Head of the RESPRAY Division, had a very successful evening

  • A number of celebrities attended the awards ceremony

    “It was a really exciting evening that focused on the environment in every possible way. The red carpet was green, the award was made of wood and even the food was fair trade and clean,” commented Robert Sonnenschein. Met by a sea of cameras, he and Fabian Möllers entered the building via the green carpet alongside celebrities such as Nena and rapper Samy Deluxe. He was to be presented with a GreenTec Award for his song lyrics that have been helping to make sustainable development a popular subject. The event itself was highly entertaining with Annemarie Carpendale and Matthias Killing hosting the evening, music played by the band Frida Gold and a whole number of interesting speeches introducing the winners. All in all, it highlighted just how modern, topical and indeed acute the whole subject of environmental protection has become.

    • After the awards ceremony: (from left to right) Matthias Harms, Managing Director VEOLIA Umweltservice GmbH, Robert Sonnenschein, Managing Director REMONDIS Industrie Service GmbH, and Peter Kurth, President of the BDE (Federal Association of the German Waste Management Industry)

  • The jury was highly impressed

    Each award was preceded by short films to let the audience know what the projects were about – with the film about RESPRAY receiving much applause. The satisfied look on the faces of all those involved lasted well into the night. “RESPRAY began as a very small project six years ago. It is a really proud moment to see it up there on the big screen,” Fabian Möllers explained to the other participants. He could never have imagined back then that they would be invited to take part in the final of Europe’s most prestigious sustainability award. They also received a lot of praise from individual jury members after the awards ceremony. “RESPRAY would appear to have left a lasting impression on many of the people here. That is what has made this evening such a success for us,” said Robert Sonnenschein.

    A presentation of RESPRAY – the short film shown at the GreenTec Awards (German only)

  • RESPRAY – a full range of services for handling aerosol cans

    • RESPRAY, a division owned by REMONDIS Industrie Service GmbH, leads the market when it comes to recycling aerosol cans – offering a full range of environmentally friendly services for storing, collecting, transporting and recycling aerosol cans. More

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