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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

Taking a closer look at the company’s portfolio

A picture is worth a thousand words – and this is especially true when the pictures are part of an interesting film. The REMEX Group, a REMONDIS company, is well aware of this and has made a series of videos to explain all about its various operations. Top of the list is its video “Five plants in less than three minutes”, which is available in three languages and gives a brief overview of the company’s mineral recycling activities. The film demonstrates how mineral substances are recycled and highlights just how important this work is. Images are shown of REMEX’s German plants in Erftstadt, Krefeld and Oberhausen as well as of its facilities in Singapore and Sluiskil in the Netherlands. Together, these five locations have the capacity to recycle around two million tonnes of material every single year.

  • Learning about the processes & technology

    The video includes some spectacular images, many of which are aerial views shot using camera drones. The clever combination of pictures and commentary makes it easy for the viewers to understand what the business is all about and shows the different processes used. This is a great way for people, who have never had the opportunity to tour such a recycling plant, to take a closer look at the complex technology.

    A film has also been made of REMEX’s state-of-the-art recycling plant in Singapore, a flagship project across the whole of Asia.

    Besides illustrating how these facilities recover valuable metals, the video also focuses on how the company produces recycled aggregate – a product which is primarily used to build roads. It explains how REMEX produces this material by processing incinerator bottom ash from municipal waste incineration plants at its different facilities. The five locations were selected to illustrate the group’s wide-ranging operations – all in all, REMEX has over 60 branches across Europe and Asia.

    REMEX presents its business in its film: “Five plants in less than three minutes”
    (German only)

Impressions of processes & products

  • This company video with its images of the five plants is not the only film that has been made. REMEX has produced a whole series of films about recycling minerals. These include, for example, a piece about waste management at the Dutch facility, HEROS Sluiskil. B.V., a video of the inauguration ceremony of REMEX’s recycling plant in Singapore in 2015 and a film about how the company monitors its materials and processes around the globe. Moreover, an informative animated film (available in four languages) explains how the recycled aggregate granova® is produced. All films – including the latest 3D impressions of the company’s technology – can be viewed online on REMEX’s own YouTube channel.

  • Greater public awareness

    “We decided to make these films because there’s been so much interest in our operations both here at home and abroad. Our goal here has been to make the most of this medium – combining image and sound – to make it easier for people to understand subjects such as how recycled aggregate is produced,” explained Astrid Onkelbach, head of product management and marketing at REMEX Mineralstoff GmbH in Düsseldorf.

    Many of the videos focus on the company’s recycling processes and technology.

    What has also become clear is that it is not only the professionals and the trade associations that are interested in the whole subject of recycling minerals. “We are getting more and more inquiries from the public sector and from local residents wishing to find out about how mineral waste is handled and recycled,” Astrid Onkelbach concluded. The REMEX films are, therefore, helping to fill this gap here, too.

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