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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

REMONDIS offers all the services needed for collection schemes

  • REMONDIS Recycling GmbH & Co. KG has purchased all of the reverse vending activities operated by Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated. As a result, REMONDIS will now be able to offer the full range of services that will be needed for any future collection schemes set up as part of the European Circular Economy Action Plan to promote segregated collections and closed loop material cycles. REMONDIS has taken over Diebold Nixdorf Technology GmbH and Diebold Nixdorf Retail Services GmbH as part of a share deal. The acquisition must still be approved by the relevant competition authorities.

Heading towards a genuine circular economy

As set out in the deal, REMONDIS shall continue to operate the business with smart takeback technology in Germany. The implementation of the Single Use Plastics Directive will also lead to further collection schemes being set up in Germany and abroad to facilitate the segregated collection of recyclables. The facility in Ilmenau that produces the reverse vending machines and the national service division responsible for Germany have also both been acquired.

  • The facility in Ilmenau that produces the reverse vending machines and the national service division responsible for Germany have also both been acquired.

Smart take-back schemes are important for recovering recyclables

“REMONDIS’ purchase of DN Technology – the reverse vending machine production division – and the DN Retail service division is an important step for the company as it moves towards becoming a full service provider within the circular economy. We can now offer our customers a comprehensive range of recycling solutions both in Germany and many other countries. Together with DN Technology and DN Retail, our portfolio of services ranges from taking back high quality recyclable materials and delivering reverse vending logistics, to sorting and recycling, all the way through to producing high quality recycled raw materials that can then be reused to make new products, effectively returning them to their original application,” explained Ralf Mandelatz, Managing Director of REMONDIS Recycling.

This purchase is an important step for REMONDIS as it moves towards becoming a full service provider within the circular economy.

“By doing so, REMONDIS wishes to contribute towards the creation of a genuine closed loop circular economy. Setting up smart takeback schemes is fundamental here as it is such schemes that make it possible for the materials to be processed into high quality recycled raw materials,” he continued.

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