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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

  • Two plants commissioned in April

    El Catllar, a district just south of the Catalonian capital, Barcelona, is not only home to Spain’s largest prison but also to REMONDIS Aqua’s subsidiary, OMS SACEDE S.A.U. – which recently opened up a new office here. On 24 April, Daniel Martinez, managing director of OMS SACEDE, was joined by the Catalonian Environmental Minister Josep Rull i Andreu and the Catalonian Justice Minister Carles Mundó to officially open two new sewage treatment facilities in the Spanish district of El Catllar. With the new Mas d’Enric prison expecting to take at least 1,000 prisoners in the future, the Catalonian water board (ACA) had decided to rebuild the district’s sewage treatment plant for its 5,500 local residents. The increase in the local population would have stretched the old sewage treatment plant to its limits.

    Justice Minister of the autonomous region Catalonia, Carles Mundó i Blanch (2nd from left), together with representatives of the regional water board, ACA, at the opening of the first new wastewater treatment facility in El Catllar

  • A budget of 4 million euros

    OMS SACEDE was awarded a contract back in November 2015 to plan and build two new sewage treatment plants in El Catllar and then to operate and maintain them for the first two years – succeeding, therefore, in further strengthening its position on the wastewater sector in Spain. Managing director, Daniel Martinez, was given a budget of just under 4 million euros to complete this work. The first project involved building a biological wastewater treatment facility that uses the activated sludge process. It is located in the west of the district and will, therefore, also be used by the Mas d’Enric prison. The plant has the capacity to treat 1,000m³ a day.

    • It is responsible for treating all wastewater from the more than 5,500 people living in El Catllar – i.e. both the local residents and the prisoners. The second facility is, by comparison, much smaller and is situated in the east of the district. It, for example, is there to treat wastewater from the old part of the city. The plant consists of a so-called Imhoff tank for the first stage of the wastewater treatment and two biological IMP filters for the second stage. It has the capacity to treat 100m³ a day and has been designed to handle wastewater generated by around 300 people.

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