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  • Dear Readers!

    Many people will be looking at their calendar with a feeling of disbelief that this turbulent year is already coming to a close. 2021 has been a year that will remain in our memories for a long time to come. Here in Germany, the devastating floods that hit the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and parts of North Rhine-Westphalia were a strong reminder that we finally have to up our efforts and take some serious steps to curb climate change. And while the people living in the affected regions are still clearing up the rubble – also thanks to the rapid help from the circular economy – and working to rebuild their lives, the world met in Glasgow to argue about whether or not to phase out coal. At the same time, covid came back again with a vengeance this autumn. Hesitant politicians and organisational failure came up against a waning vaccine immunity and vaccine scepticism among a minority of the population, who seem determined to ignore scientific facts. And, this year was an election year – the end of the Chancellor Merkel era – and a perfect storm had been brewing in a political vacuum as the slow-moving coalition talks meant the new Government could not take up the reins. It is high time that the right course is set – in politics, in the economy and in society.

    Faced with such difficult situations, it is then almost a minor miracle that our family business has – together with and thanks to our partners and customers – had an exceptionally good year. Much of this can be put down to the global economy restarting in the spring after the strict covid measures were provisionally lifted. The flipside of unrestrained production activities and a highly charged global trade, though, soon became evident: a general shortage of raw materials. Anyone trying to build a house and get hold of timber or plastic pipes in 2021 certainly know all about this problem. As the year drew to an end, it was even difficult to get hold of recycling sacks because, being in such high demand, there is a shortage of recycled plastic pellets.  

    Which brings us to the subjects that unite the essence of the two previous paragraphs: climate action and resource conservation. The wide range of services that our company delivers plays a major role in helping to solve the problems mentioned above. By recycling materials, producing renewable energy and offering sustainable services, we are easing both problems at the same time. Each tonne of raw material recycled by our company not only conserves virgin resources but also cuts large volumes of carbon emissions. Along the way, we are also gradually switching over to climate-neutral logistics. Inspired, by the way, as well by our sister company Transdev, which already deploys whole fleets of electric buses in many cities around the world – a role model and an incentive for us to do even more.

    And so there is some good news as well at the end of this eventful year – and we would like to thank you all for the great collaboration work that made this possible. May we also take this opportunity to wish you a happy Christmas and all the very best for the coming year.


    Ludger Rethmann

TSR delighted with the appointment

  • Based in the German town of Lünen, TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG is a European business trading in and recycling metal scrap with over 160 business locations – the majority of which can be found in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Poland. The company provides services for the metal-processing trade, large industrial customers and local authorities. Handling a good 7.5 million tonnes of material, TSR is a comparatively small player on the global ferrous and non-ferrous metal market, which involves in total around 1,600 million tonnes of metals. Which was why the company was all the more delighted that Denis Reuter has been given such a special honour.

BIR President Tom Bird is confident

Mr Reuter’s appointment was recommended to the Division’s board by the Division’s nomination committee. As President of the Ferrous Division, Mr Reuter is a member of BIR’s Executive Committee and, as a result, Vice President of the organisation. BIR President Tom Bird commented on Mr Reuter’s appointment, saying: “I am delighted to welcome Denis to the BIR Executive Committee, and I am certain that he will greatly contribute to BIR’s roadmap for the years to come. Having worked with him on the Ferrous board, I am confident that he will prove to be a great asset.” Mr Bird also thanked Gregory Schnitzer from Sims Metal Management for his excellent services as President of BIR’s ferrous metal division and for the ongoing support he gave BIR during the past difficult period.

A few facts & figures

BIR was founded in 1948 and was the first association to represent the interests of the recycling industry at international level. Today, BIR represents around 700 member companies from the private sector and 39 national associations in more than 70 countries across all continents. Together, the members make up the largest international recycling association.
BIR comprises four commodity divisions (Ferrous, Non-Ferrous Metals, Paper and Textiles) and has four commodity committees that focus on stainless steel and special alloys, plastics, tyres and rubber, and e-scrap. The association offers its members a dynamic forum, where they can exchange expertise and experiences. It acts as a platform for building up successful business relationships and promoting recycling among politicians and other industrial sectors.

About Denis Reuter

  • Denis Reuter is a managing director at TSR Recycling, a long-standing member of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and has been a member of the board of BIR’s ferrous division since 2019. He joined TSR in 2010 and today he is responsible for the whole of the Group’s ferrous and non-ferrous metal trading activities.

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