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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

  • Helping to curb global warming with secondary fuels

    • Following in the footsteps of the Lippe Plant in Lünen, the waste sorting plant in Erftstadt (run by REMONDIS Rhineland since 2005) has officially been named by KlimaExpo.NRW as one of the best pioneering projects helping to prevent climate change. By producing secondary raw materials and fuels, the plant succeeds in reducing carbon emissions by between 70,000 and 80,000 tonnes every year.

  • Top quality sorting results

    The facility is one of the most innovative and most modern plants for sorting household and bulky waste to be found in Germany. A highly technical process is being used there to ensure the materials are sorted to a consistently high standard. What’s more, the facility is also able to further process the recovered materials itself. Besides recovering ferrous and non-ferrous metals, the plant also operates near infrared spectroscopy which automatically recognises and removes plastics so that they can be recycled for re-use. Once the materials have been sorted, the facility transforms non-recyclable waste into quality-assured refuse-derived fuel (RDF) with defined properties, such as calorific and chlorine values. The RDF is used as an alternative source of energy by the nearby Berrenrath power station operated by RWE Power AG as well as by various cement works. Any residual materials left over after the sorting process are sent to waste incineration plants close by where they are used to generate energy.

    • The facility recovers recyclable materials, such as ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and plastics, using e.g. magnet and eddy current separators and near infrared spectroscopy, and produces RDF from high calorific waste

  • Carbon emissions reduced by up to 80,000 tonnes a year

    REMONDIS Rhineland’s decision to produce refuse-derived fuel from local waste is not only having a positive impact on the environment but is also helping to prevent climate change. Each year, its operations reduce carbon emissions by between 70,000 and 80,000 tonnes. The whole supply chain is, for the most part, kept entirely within the region. The facility’s convenient location also means the transport routes to other recycling plants are kept to an absolute minimum. Moreover, this combination of materials recycling, RDF production and waste-to-energy treatment has even succeeded in keeping down waste charges in the Rhine Erft District. The environmental and sustainable advantages of operating such a combination of activities have also been confirmed by the EU RECOMBIO project.

    A video of REMONDIS’ branch in Erftstadt

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