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  • Dear Readers!

    If you look back at the editorial in the last issue of REMONDIS AKTUELL, then you’ll find that the comments made there were almost prophetic. Just one of the topics it mentioned was the droughts in 2018, predicting that we could expect much of the same this year. Here we are, just a few months on, and this prediction has come true. Having analysed empirical evidence and ice cores, the overwhelming majority of climatologists agree that these weather conditions have been caused by industrialised humans – and that they can only be put right by humans. The question here, of course, is how. Most people are focusing on cars, energy generated by fossil fuels and, of course, air travel. Everyone is talking about the electrification of vehicles. You just need to consider the physical facts, however, to realise this will not be easy to implement. Germany’s national grid, for example, would be unable to supply the power needed if all vehicle owners tried to recharge their car batteries at the same time. The question must, therefore, be asked whether electromobility is the right solution. The move towards the electrification of vehicles is well underway though, as is the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Scientists, however, are predicting that these measures will not be enough on their own. We have another good idea here and one that is practicable – as can be seen by REMONDIS’ daily work. Namely, making the most of the potential of recycling to curb climate change, preferably on a global scale. If humans were to succeed in systematically recovering raw materials and returning them to production cycles and if they were to stop sending waste to landfill (so methane is not produced there), then this would be the third most effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Germany made this move back in 2005 when it passed the ‘TASi’ [Technical Directive on the Recycling, Treatment and Disposal of Municipal Waste]. It is high time that a European TASi is drawn up or – even better – a global TASi. We are systematically implementing this law at REMONDIS every single day.

    Looking at the international stage, Russia is intensifying its efforts to reduce the amount of waste it takes to landfill by creating a well-functioning circular economy. The Russian government has launched an initiative that has made it obliga- tory for all 80 Russian regions to appoint a general operator to modernise their regional waste management sector and set up more recycling systems. For many years now, REMONDIS has been running just such a system in Saransk, the capital city of the Russian Republic of Mordovia and – according to a 2010 survey – one of the best cities to live in in Russia. The city is, therefore, acting as a role model, showing the direction that the Russian waste management sector could move in in the future.

    A number of our new apprentices joined the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement when they were at school, calling for more to be done to stop climate change. And so it was a logical decision for them to do their apprenticeship at REMONDIS where they can carve out a sustainable career for themselves, “Every Day for Future” so to speak. REMONDIS’ systematic recycling operations ensure waste is transformed into raw materials, energy and heat and play a considerable role in conserving natural resources and tackling climate change. Welcome to the climate professionals.

    Max Köttgen

More and more people wish to do meaningful work

The majority of young people nowadays want to do their bit to protect the planet and create a more sustainable future for themselves and future generations. The result: more and more school leavers are looking to do an apprenticeship at companies that are, at the very least, running a sustainable business or, ideally, actually protecting the environment and tackling climate change. This is exactly what they have found at the RETHMANN Group companies. Whether it be the recycling pioneers at REMONDIS, the modern logistics specialists at Rhenus or at SARIA, the experts for organic by-products and bioenergy, every single job in this Group is making an effective contribution towards making the world a better place to live in.

Over 2,000 apprentices

With this in mind, the RETHMANN Group and its associated businesses have once again made the very most of their apprenticeship capacity and are now training a total of 2,011 young people wishing to make a career for themselves in the areas of environmental and climate protection, nutrition or sustainable logistics. Among this number are the 610 new apprentices who joined this year: 383 at REMONDIS, 204 at Rhenus and 23 at SARIA. As has traditionally been the case, the largest number of apprentices joined REMONDIS, a reflection also of the size of the company. This group of recycling experts alone is training 1,264 young people, who are either in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of their apprenticeship course. The ‘Top 3’ apprenticeship jobs at REMONDIS are truck drivers (338 apprentices), industrial management assistants (147 apprentices) and office management assistants (120 apprentices).

Welcome party organised in Lünen

  • The traditional welcome party was held in the reception area of the company’s head office building at the Lippe Plant under the patronage of the honorary chairman of the supervisory board, Norbert Rethmann, on 01 August 2019. 88 young people due to start one of 15 different apprenticeships were invited to attend the event on behalf of all the others. They were welcomed by Norbert Rethmann and Frank Dohmen, managing director and head of HR at REMONDIS. During his speech, Norbert Rethmann stressed just how important it is to have young people committed to safeguarding the future of the planet and encouraged the apprentices present to support their local communities beyond their professional lives as well.

    Young people are raising awareness of climate change. Concrete solutions as to how to stop global warming have yet to be found.

    Frank Dohmen underlined the importance of offering high quality apprenticeships to counteract the current skills shortage and reiterated his belief that all those joining REMONDIS and its sister companies have excellent career prospects. These young professionals were then taken on a tour around the site in Lünen to see for themselves just how big this industrial recycling centre actually is. The fact that this site alone cuts carbon emissions by 488,000 tonnes a year is further proof that they made the right decision joining the RETHMANN Group.


    • Norbert Rethmann, honorary chairman of the supervisory board, welcomed the new apprentices to the company

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