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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

Over 50 TSR branches in Europe

  • REMONDIS’ subsidiary, TSR, has over 150 business locations focusing on the recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap across Europe. HSK Metals, a fully owned subsidiary of TSR based in the Netherlands, expanded its network of six branches this spring when it acquired the Dutch firm, Van Dalen. Thanks to this takeover, HKS now has a further four business locations in the Netherlands and grown its operations in Belgium and the UK at the same time.

Van Dalen has a strong set up

Van Dalen operates from four business locations in the Netherlands: in Moerdijk, Nijmegen (close to the Dutch-German border on the River Rhine/Waal), Middelburg (Zeeland Province) and Doetinchem. The company also has a branch in the Belgian town of Geel as well as in Dagenham, a city in the UK just east of London.

HKS – a fully owned subsid-iary of TSR – and Van Dalen are now working together on the scrap metal market.

Officially known as Van Dalen Metals Recycling & Trading, the firm began collecting, processing, recycling and marketing ferrous and non-ferrous metals many years ago. Founded as a family-run business in 1947, it has steadily grown its network over the years, investing in shredders, shears and balers to enable it to recover and sort the different raw materials according to type. Thanks to this acquisition, the TSR network now has a further four shredders, four shears and a facility using sink float technology.

“Van Dalen’s network of six business locations and recycling technology is a perfect addition to our European network.”

Bernd Fleschenberg, Managing Director of TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG

Even more services for customers in the future

  • Rolf van Dalen – an expert in his field with over 30 years’ experience of the metal trade – took over the company in 1982. He joined the HKS Metals management team following their acquisition of Van Dalen. The company believes that this union will create synergies that will not only benefit their customers and their partners but also improve their services. “Van Dalen’s network of six business locations and recycling technology is a perfect addition to our European network,” commented Bernd Fleschenberg, managing direct-or of the TSR Group. “We will be able to work together to provide our clients with an even better portfolio of services as well as to expand our recycling activities and further strengthen our presence in the region,” he concluded. HKS and van Dalen are looking forward to expanding their operations in the Benelux countries and the UK together.

    Rolf van Dalen (2nd from left), owner of Van Dalen, was appointed a member of HKS Scrap Metals’ management team and will manage the company’s activities in the Benelux countries and the UK together with Wout Kusters, CEO (4th from left), Ibrahim Bayram, CFO (far left) and Stefan van der Wekken, COO (3rd from left)

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