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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

Presented with the Lower Saxony Social Award

“What I really like here is the way everyone looks out for each other.” Thomas Kussin is proud when he talks about his work. Proud to be part of the team. REMONDIS Industrie Service GmbH in Bramsche has been employing people with disabilities since 2018 and has also been presented with the Lower Saxony Social Award for its inclusive work. As far as Thomas is concerned, the biggest award for him is having found a job in a friendly environment that offers him long-term prospects.

The past is in the past

  • Before joining REMONDIS in 2019, Thomas had tried out many different jobs. At these other places, however, he did not get the support he needed and his hard work was often not appreciated. As the 45-year-old is only able to use one of his hands, he was often told that he was too slow. “I was constantly having to stand up for myself,” he said talking about his past. All that, though, is now behind him.

    In Bramsche, Thomas (everyone calls him Tommy at REMONDIS) works in the sorting facility at the aerosol can recycling facility. He very quickly realised just how important his work is for the circular economy – as aerosol cans and gas cartridges can only be recycled if they are separated according to type. A multi-stage process is used at the plant, therefore, to separate the aluminium and tinplate as well as the propellants and liquids. The propellants are then used as a source of energy and the residual liquids are sent on for thermal treatment. A special pallet lifter was brought in so that Thomas could work one-handed. And the car-sharing programme has also helped make things easier. No one is left behind here.

    • Team support is the name of the game here: employee Thomas Kussin (l.) and branch manager Christian Deing

“We hope that we will gain the attention of other businesses and that they, too, will start looking at inclusion.”

Christian Deing, Branch Manager at REMONDIS Industrie Service in Bramsche

Inclusion – a win-win situation

Five employees with a learning or physical disability currently work in Bramsche and together they cover one full-time job. A win-win situation: the company no longer needs to use a temping agency and the often socially disadvantaged employees are given the opportunity to have an inclusion job and become financially independent.

For the most part, they have Uwe Haake to thank for this opportunity. Formerly the REMONDIS Group’s disability officer (he retired in June), he personally took a great interest in this project. Haake himself was in charge of introducing inclusion into the company’s ongoing operations, for making all parties aware of what was involved and for getting institutions in the district on board, such as the District of Osnabrück’s social committee and specialist integration office. “We hope that we will gain the attention of other businesses and that they, too, will start looking at inclusion,” commented branch manager Christian Deing.

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