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  • Dear Readers!

    “I believe in horses. Automobiles are a passing phenomenon.” These are the words said to have been uttered by the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, at the time when mobility was going through a radical change. No one can say for sure whether he really said this or not but it is a quote that is often used as an example of people badly misjudging the importance of an invention – and not just by futurologists. Today, mobility is once again undergoing a radical change. In some areas of the country, air quality has deteriorated so much that politicians, industrial businesses and consumers are being forced to rethink the way they act, in particular in large cities. The diesel scandal has simply further aggravated the situation. The first councils have begun banning old diesel cars from using the roads where air pollution is highest. At the same time, city planners are focusing almost entirely on creating living space and high quality office buildings. In contrast, tradespeople and commercial businesses, such as recycling firms, are gradually being pushed further and further outside the city. Their work though should continue to be quiet, free of dust and, wherever possible, without CO2 or NOX emissions.

    It’s definitely time to start thinking about possible alternatives. What could be better than using one of the country’s waste streams – i.e. organic waste – as a source of post-fossil fuel and, by doing so, enable waste collections to be carbon-neutral and practically free of fine particulate and NOX emissions? REMONDIS has begun a pilot project near Cologne to do just this and is currently testing six vehicles run on biogas.

    The recycling industry has a new market player: the Schwarz Group (Lidl), which has an annual turnover of EUR 96.7 billion (2017) – bigger than the whole of the German recycling sector put together. Earlier this year, the Schwarz Group’s subsidiary, Green Cycle, purchased Tönsmeier, the fifth-largest recycling company in Germany, acquiring a volume of sales three times bigger than all of the acquisitions made by REMONDIS in 2016 and 2017. Industry experts believe that the Schwarz Group will also enter Germany’s ‘Dual System’ market (kerbside collection of sales packaging) in the not too distant future.

    There is so much happening in the German recycling market at the moment – a market which, according to the “Status Report on the German Circular Economy”, has around 10,800 companies competing against each other. While none of the private sector firms has a monopoly in any area of the waste management and recycling industry, the trend towards councils renationalising waste services continues unabated leading to the creation of regional monopolies. As a result, the private sector’s share of the market is also slowly decreasing. At present, for example, its share of conventional waste collection services lies at around 50% of the overall market. As always, we hope you enjoy reading this latest issue of REMONDIS AKTUELL.


    Thomas Conzendorf

  • Investing in apprentices is investing in the future

    Active and forward-looking personnel development programmes. These are becoming an essential tool as companies compete with each other to attract young talent to their business. The RETHMANN Group companies would appear to have got it right here with 665 young people joining the group this year – the highest intake of apprentices ever. 30 more apprentices than last year and so many people taking their first step towards their future career in one of the many interesting and future-oriented professions. Indeed, the variety of apprenticeship courses available at the RETHMANN Group is one of the reasons that sets it apart from the others.

    • The circular economy is booming

      Both the turnover and the employment figures of the recycling, logistics and bioindustry sectors underline just how important these industries are for our economy today: generating an annual turnover of around 76 billion euros, the recycling sector provides approximately 300,000 people in Germany alone with a secure job – and a job with great future prospects. Being the largest of the three sister companies, REMONDIS offers a wide range of commercial, industrial and technical apprenticeship jobs covering over 30 different professions. 408 young people joined this global recycling, service and water company to start their apprenticeship on 01 August this year. All in all, the company is helping a total of 1,216 apprentices to train for their future career.

    • apprentices are currently learning a profession at REMONDIS

  • A variety of measures to help apprentices

    The company is also taking action to combat the impending skills shortage, as the need for skilled professionals, such as truck drivers, is growing all the time – despite the fact that this profession heads the list of the Top 3 apprenticeship courses at REMONDIS (334 apprentices in all). It is working hard to find new people to take up an apprenticeship job in this profession by offering a variety of measures, such as special induction courses and targeted support to help them prepare for their exams. The apprenticeship course to become an industrial management assistant is in second place (183 apprentices) followed by those trainings to become an office management assistant (112 apprentices). It has become an annual tradition to invite a number of the new apprentices to REMONDIS’ head office and 96 new apprentices starting at REMONDIS and SARIA travelled to Lünen on 01 August this year. Norbert Rethmann, honorary chairman of the supervisory board of the REMONDIS Group, underlined the importance of the work being carried out by the company to protect the environment. He also explained how the firm’s focus on such future-oriented business fields has impacted positively on its overall development. Frank Dohmen, HR Manager at REMONDIS, and Ulrich Stallmann from the works council also congratulated their new colleagues on their start in this growing industry.

A dedicated careers website

Those interested in learning more about the different apprenticeship courses offered by the company should go to its dedicated careers website, remondis-karriere.de. They can also take part in the site’s self-assessment test to discover which types of job best suit their qualifications and potential. What’s more, REMONDIS will be presenting 16 different types of apprenticeships at the 7th Lünen Apprenticeship Evening on 21 September. Potential apprentices can turn up between 6pm and 11pm to learn more about these extremely interesting professions.

    • Find out more about the vacancies and career opportunities at REMONDIS by going to remondis-karriere.de

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