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Anyone looking for a reason to show just how important it is to protect our environment need look no further than our seas and oceans. The mass of plastic waste floating in the water is so large it can be seen from space. REMONDIS recently teamed up with the organisers of the Kiel Week, the world’s largest sailing event, to support it in the area of waste management and recycling as well as to demonstrate how recycling can help curb climate change.
One of the unpleasant side-effects of this annual sailing event in Kiel are the large volumes of waste that are still being left behind by the visitors. The only way to limit this problem is to use a well thought-out waste storage and collection concept – like the one implemented by the regional head office of REMONDIS’ North Division during this year’s regatta in Kiel-Schilksee. As part of the sponsoring programme, the company set up a number of different on-the-go recycling points where the visitors could separate their waste. “As with all major events, there have to be enough bins spread around the area so that the visitors have somewhere to get rid of their rubbish,” commented branch manager, Stephan Portwich. The next step is then to ensure that the different material streams are separated correctly which didn’t always go quite to plan. Paper and packaging though, Stephan Portwich continued, were particularly well segregated in Kiel. REMONDIS had also organised speed races in Schilksee to raise awareness of the importance of separating waste. Two teams pitted themselves against each other to see who could separate waste the fastest.
“As with all major events, there have to be enough bins spread around the area so that the visitors have somewhere to get rid of their rubbish.”
Stephan Portwich, Manager of REMONDIS’ branch in Melsdorf
“I think these races were really enlightening. Some of the people watching were surprised to learn they’d been throwing their waste into the wrong bin,” one employee explained. This campaign should help waste collection in the future even if the people do not remember all the facts they learned. At the end of the day, humans alone can solve the problem of marine pollution. People need to be regularly reminded that they should use less plastic and segregate their waste properly so it becomes a normal part of their lives.