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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

  • Meaningful and sustainable jobs

    Not long ago, the number of people applying for an apprenticeship job far exceeded the number that could be accepted. Those times are well and truly over. Nowadays, many employers must highlight the importance of apprenticeships to attract young people to their business – if they don’t, they may find themselves facing a skills shortage in the future. REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA have got a good system in place here: they can offer young people starting out on their career a wide range of meaningful and sustainable jobs – from innovative recycling processes to protect the environment and curb global warming, to managing global logistics chains, all the way through to products and services for the bioindustry, a sector that is growing in importance all the time. It is, therefore, perhaps not a surprise that REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA have once again upped their efforts and increased their apprenticeship intake this year – with 632 new apprentices joining the three sister companies to carve out a career for themselves.

    On 01 August, at the beginning of the apprenticeship year, around 80 new apprentices were invited to the Lippe Plant, where they were officially welcomed to the company

  • Recycling – an important industry for the future

    Whilst traditional industries are finding it more and more difficult to adapt to technological change, sectors such as recycling, logistics and the bioindustry are all strengthening their position on the marketplace – creating new jobs and playing an ever more important role in the economy. 250,000 people work within the German recycling sector alone, helping the country to achieve a more sustainable future and generating a total turnover across the country of around 70 billion euros. This development is also reflected in the apprenticeship figures at REMONDIS, the largest of the three sister companies. 394 new apprentices have joined the company this year – “working for the future” to quote REMONDIS’ motto. All in all, this recycling, services and water company is helping a total of 1,185 young people to train for their new career, more than ever before. Looking across the whole of the Group, there are around 2,000 apprentices currently making the most of the apprenticeships on offer, 62 more than in the previous year. They have all been able to choose from around 50 different professions – from the fields of chemical, motor and environmental technology, to commerce, IT, electronics and industrial metal engineering, all the way through to logistics and a variety of craftsmanship skills.

REMONDIS and its sister companies have taken on a record number of apprentices this year.

Logistics still the no. 1 subject

Once again, the list of the Top 3 professions at the group is headed by those wishing to become a professional truck driver (341 apprentices), followed by those training to become management assistants in freight forwarding and logistics (285 apprentices) and industrial management assistants (247 apprentices). The shortage of professional truck drivers across the country underlines just how important it is to attract newcomers to the sector. Around 25,000 new apprentice truck drivers will be needed every single year to cover the growing demand of the logistics industry. Many companies are having huge problems finding apprentice truck drivers, whose course is not limited to learning how to drive a lorry but includes planning, logistics, automotive and engine technology as well as all other facets of modern mobility.

  • Welcome speech held by Norbert Rethmann

    It has become a tradition to invite a number of the new apprentices to REMONDIS’ head office and this year was no exception. On 01 August, they travelled to Lünen where they were welcomed to the company by Norbert Rethmann, who also stressed just how important it was for young people to have access to good apprenticeships. Both Norbert Rethmann, honorary chairman of REMONDIS’ supervisory board, and managing director Herwart Wilms took an optimistic look ahead – describing how sustainable and environ­mental topics, such as recycling and water, and municipal and industrial services coupled with smart logistics will be vital in a world that will soon be home to more than 10 billion people. The new apprentices have most certainly chosen professions that will enable them to promote sustainability and have a fulfilling career.

    Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Norbert Rethmann, giving his speech to some of the company’s new apprentices in Lünen

REMONDIS at the YOU Exhibition in Berlin

    • The YOU Apprenticeship Fair took place in Berlin this year from 07 to 09 July. REMONDIS’ Berlin branch and a number of its apprentices took part in the event to promote the various apprenticeship jobs on offer at the company as well as to present a modern front end loader refuse truck.

    Thanks to the great efforts made by REMONDIS’ youngest members of staff and the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS with their fun events, the company was able to awaken the interest of the young visitors in REMONDIS’ wide-ranging selection of apprenticeship jobs. A fact that has also been reflected by the increase in the number of people from Berlin applying to do an apprenticeship at the company – in particular those wishing to train to become a professional truck driver or a management assistant in traffic, transport and logistics. The front end loader refuse truck proved to be a real magnet. It demonstrated perfectly just how complex the technology and indeed the job of a truck driver is nowadays. REMONDIS would like to thank all those who helped to make the 2017 and 2018 apprenticeship initiatives such a success.

    REMONDIS presented its many interesting jobs at the YOU apprenticeship fair in Berlin – jobs that help make the future a more sustainable place

Those interested in starting an apprenticeship at REMONDIS in 2018 can learn more by going to remondis-karriere.de 

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