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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

A guaranteed supply of top quality water at all times

LWG Lausitzer Wasser GmbH & Co. KG is one of just a handful of companies that has been able to keep its water rates stable over a long period of time. At the moment, our customers pay 1.22 euros (gross) for 1,000 litres of drinking water – for top quality water that is available 24/7. That is a mere 0.12 cents per litre! That’s pretty unbelievable really considering just how complex it is to produce drinking water and just how great the responsibility is to be able to continue to provide a reliable supply of top quality water in the future. And yet, LWG succeeds in doing this again and again to the complete satisfaction of its customers.

  • Priority on running a sustainable business

    The business model with our private sector partner, EURAWASSER, has proven to be a great success over the last few years. LWG’s philosophy is to run a sustainable business – whilst always acting with sound judgement. Investments are always scrutinised to make sure they are cost effective. Efforts are always made to coordinate such plans with the cities and districts to fit in with their road construction projects. That cuts costs and ultimately keeps rates stable! Having a private sector shareholder in a
    municipal company does not normally lead to the business being run so as to make as big a profit as possible no matter what the price but to it being run more cost effectively. Of course, a company wishes to (must) make a profit and that should be the aim of a municipal firm as well. I certainly believe that LWG’s business model has been a success – in the interests of our customers, our local residents!

    • Fritz Handrow Mayor of the District of Kolkwitz and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LWG Wasser und Abwasser Verwaltungs GmbH

Source: 2016 annual report, LWG Lausitzer Wasser GmbH & Co. KG

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