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REMONDIS shall continue to provide waste management and recycling services to the City of Frankfurt am Main for the next 20 years as well. In close consultation with the EU Commission, the city authorities put 49% of the shares in Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH (FES), a public private joint venture, out for tender in an EU-wide procurement process. The partnership, which has been a success since 1998, has, therefore, been extended until 2040.
Besides giving the City of Frankfurt permission to put the shares out to tender, the EU also allowed them to renegotiate the framework agreement and three service agreements (covering waste collection/management, city cleaning and winter services and organic waste recycling activities) with FES at the same time as well as to harmonise their content and timeframes.
Mayor Peter Feldmann (right), Mayor and Councillor Uwe Becker (left) and Rosemarie Heilig, head of the council’s environmental department (centre)
‘One-stop cleaning services’ were also added to the agreements. From 2021 onwards, defined services that had been agreed on by contract between the city authorities and FES in the past (such as managing public toilets, cleaning bus/trams stops located above ground and maintaining green areas next to roads) can now be assigned straight to FES by the council’s different departments without having to put them out to tender beforehand. The “FES 2040” consortium agreement also stipulates that investments should be made in digitisation so that the exact amounts of waste can be recorded as well as in further improving environmental standards in the area of waste collection, treatment and recycling. Moreover, FES’ fleet should continue to shift towards low-emission and low-noise vehicles and machinery, a pilot plant for using hydrogen technology should be set up and the heat generated by the organic waste composting activities should be fed into the city’s district heat network. Completely in line with our motto, therefore: ‘working for the future’.
“Awarding FES with the contract for a 20-year partnership is a real asset to the City of Frankfurt, to all our local resi- dents as well as to FES itself. By concluding these waste management and city cleaning agreements, the delivery of these key services is now guaranteed and high quality standards have been set out in writing, all of which will help ensure fees and charges remain stable.“
Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann
The FAZ newspaper obviously agrees with this as well. Mechthild Harting, editor at the paper’s Rhine-Main editorial office, commented on the signing of the contract, saying: “It’s not possible to improve the market or the cost effectiveness here. Thanks to this agreement, the success story of this public private partnership that began back in 1998 can continue to be written.”