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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

Specialists for a whole range of recyclables

REMONDIS Niederlande has taken over its industry partner Rijnmond Milieu B.V. in Oud-Beijerland with retroactive effect from 01 January 2019, with a special signing ceremony being held to mark the occasion. Rijnmond Milieu specialises in collecting industrial waste, paper and other material streams from across the whole of the Zuid-Holland Province. Its long-standing focus on this region and its smart investments in highly motivated employees, state-of-the-art technology and sustainable customer relationships have meant that Rijnmond Milieu has always been able to collect waste and raw materials from its customers and remain competitive – and steer its business in the right direction. This direction is recycling.

Business is to be further expanded

With Rijnmond Milieu being a waste management specialist for both SMEs and large firms, its customers benefit from its high levels of flexibility, transparency and reliability. The company has a well-established team of employees that have been delivering waste management services for over ten years now. It has found a partner in REMONDIS that not only has extensive knowledge of the sector but also wishes to further grow the business.

Thanks to this acquisition, REMONDIS Niederlande has further expanded its already very extensive recycling portfolio.

Pim Verhage, founder and director of Rijnmond Milieu, explained that it was a very deliberate decision to go with REMONDIS. “REMONDIS is a family-run business and showed great respect for what our company has achieved so far as well as for the people working here. Now that we have an even wider range of services, we will be able to serve our current and future customers even better and underline our desire to further innovate and develop the business.”

Investments in future-proof environmental technology

The new manager at Rijnmond Milieu is Pieter-Balth Linders, who has worked at REMONDIS as regional director responsible for the south west of the Netherlands and MHW since 2018. With over 25 years of industry experience, he – and the team already working at Rijnmond Milieu – will strengthen REMONDIS’ presence in the region. Dr Andreas Krawczik, managing director of REMONDIS Niederlande, is also really pleased with the acquisition: “This takeover of Rijnmond Milieu fits in perfectly with our goal, namely to operate a network of effective business locations that can offer the Dutch private and public sectors as wide a range of recycling services as possible. We will further strengthen the branches in the region with qualified employees and sustainable environmental technology to better serve the business’ customers. Indeed, Rijnmond Milieu’s customer base is already perfect for our activities in the region. What’s more, the employees and resources suit each other really well so that we can guarantee there will continue to be work for everyone. We are all winners here.”

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