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  • Dear Readers!

    “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but by the responsibility for our future.” This piece of wisdom was uttered by the great Irish author George Bernard Shaw and it would certainly appear to be true looking at the challenges that humans are having to face today: the need to protect the environment and prevent climate change, to supply sufficient quantities of food and raw materials but to conserve our planet’s natural resources at the same time. Taking on responsibility for the future means nothing less than acting and doing business in a responsible way today so that future generations have a world that they are able to live in. Being a family-run company that is committed to sustainability in each and every sector it operates in, this is exactly what we intend to do. We have, therefore, added a new slogan to reflect this mission:
    From now on, the REMONDIS logo will appear together with the strapline ‘Working for the future’. This is not some empty promise: every day, the 30,000+ people working for REMONDIS prove this is the case by collecting, sorting and processing recyclables, by ensuring our soils are clean and full of nutrients, by supplying water and treating wastewater, by generating sustainable biogas and energy and by carrying out joint public-private sector work to keep cities clean and roads safe. REMONDIS is, therefore, working for the future right now so that our children and their descendants have urban areas and indeed a planet that are worth living in. The present gives us the opportunity to change – and change is definitely what is needed if we wish to shape the future.

    One example in the Netherlands clearly shows that our neighbours are also thinking of the future. When a Dutch municipal company sells all its commercial activities to REMONDIS, it is certainly worth asking why they decided to do this. In an interview with REMONDIS aktuell, ROVA managing director Hans Groenhuis explains how European public procurement law determines whether a company can be awarded an “in-house contract” and why it is advisable for local authorities throughout Europe to think about giving up their commercial activities altogether.

    Just how satisfied are our public sector customers and what can REMONDIS do to further improve the way it supports local authorities to provide public services? We wanted to hear details here and so we asked them. The results of the customer survey, which was carried out by an independent institute on behalf of REMONDIS, are both encouraging and an incentive at the same time. It is certainly good news when not only our regular customers express their great satisfaction with the company but also the overwhelming majority of our past customers who could well imagine working together with REMONDIS again in the future. We will not, however, be sitting back on our laurels. There is always room for improvement when it comes to serving local inhabitants. REMONDIS will be doing everything in its power to optimise its portfolio and to provide both its contractual partners and those receiving its services with the best possible solutions at fair and favourable conditions. Working for people. Working for the future. 

    I hope you enjoy reading this edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Thomas Conzendorf 

Strapline added to logo

  • Regular readers of REMONDIS aktuell will have noticed that the magazine’s look has changed slightly. The reason behind this is the new logo design which the REMONDIS Group will be using from 2014 onwards. In order to make the public even more aware of just how sustainable the company’s activities are, the REMONDIS logo will appear together with the strapline “WORKING FOR THE FUTURE”. What though does this actually mean?

  • Thinking about the future today

    The new strapline “WORKING FOR THE FUTURE” reflects the obligation of all REMONDIS Group companies to run a customer-oriented and sustainable business. Each time, REMONDIS works on behalf of its municipal, private, commercial and industrial customers, it is also working for the future by using the resources at its disposal as efficiently as possible to promote sustainability. REMONDIS sees itself as being a supplier of raw materials and a protector of the environment and climate and takes on responsibility for the people of today, tomorrow and far into the future. The company, however, not only carries out its work in order to conserve our planet’s natural resources for future generations. By developing innovative recycling processes, it is also looking to continuously grow the amount of secondary raw materials used in Germany to manufacture industrial products – which currently lies at 14 percent. This is, therefore, also a role model for other countries as systematic recycling is the only way to counteract the impending global shortage of raw materials and the high prices on the world market. This is precisely what REMONDIS has been promoting for many years now.

500 locations around the world

  • No matter whether it be dismantling centres for waste electrical devices, paper sorting facilities, construction waste processing plants or glass recycling centres – REMONDIS operates an unparalleled variety of state-of-the-art plants and facilities at approx. 500 locations around the world, enabling it not only to recover raw materials but also to produce intermediate and finished products. Each year, therefore, the company is able to process, for example, a good 7.5 million tonnes of scrap steel and metals, 3 million tonnes of mixed construction waste and 1.8 million tonnes of paper, card and cardboard. The total annual amount of materials recycled by the REMONDIS Group lies at an impressive 30 million tonnes. Just to make it easier to picture this volume: the material processed weighs the same as 19 Eiffel Towers or just under 50,000 elephants – every day!

Water treatment is becoming more and more important

  • As the world’s population continues to grow and with it wealth and prosperity, so too is the demand for raw materials such as metals and rare earths increasing – and global consumption of water. Simply continuing to tap into natural supplies of water will not be able to satisfy this demand. Economists and social scientists predict that, unless water is distributed more fairly, there will be armed conflicts in the future as countries look to secure access to this vital foodstuff. Here, too, REMONDIS is “WORKING FOR THE FUTURE”. REMONDIS Aqua uses effective and high quality processes to treat wastewater so that water cycles can be fully closed.

Priority given to providing top quality services

Besides its recycling and water management activities, REMONDIS also operates a third line of business: services. Services are very important at REMONDIS as successful recycling not only needs state-of-the-art technology but also a great deal of manpower to collect, sort and process the recyclables as well as to transport them. Should our customers decide in the future that they wish to collect and separate their waste even more efficiently than before, then REMONDIS is there to provide them with the advice they need.

Tasks are becoming more challenging

  • A recent article written by Canadian researchers and published in the magazine, “Nature”, shows that it is high time that people are made more aware of subjects such as waste segregation, recycling, waste reduction and closed material cycles. In 2010, the world’s population was already producing more than 3 million tonnes of waste every day. According to the study, waste production will have doubled to six million tonnes by 2025 if the trend of the last one hundred years continues unabated – and then continue to rise until 2100. And that’s not all. One particularly disturbing fact observed by the scientists is that the composition of waste is changing, namely that the wealthier the country, the more hazardous the waste produced there. This means that not only the volume of waste generated by humans each year is of importance but also the quality of the waste itself. Waste containing a high amount of toxic substances needs to be treated with extra special care. REMONDIS has a network of state-of-the-art facilities to recycle or dispose of such materials as well as a range of specialised services. As a result, it ensures that hazardous waste can also be successfully recycled and returned to production cycles or used to produce energy to cut consumption of primary fuels.

    We need to widen the scope of what is technically and economically feasible to safeguard the future.

    For REMONDIS, “WORKING FOR THE FUTURE” means doing everything that is technically possible and economically viable to conserve our planet’s natural resources, to prevent climate change and to protect the environment. The future – and with it the future generations – has given us a clear assignment: to conserve our planet and to treat it and its resources responsibly. And so REMONDIS is “WORKING FOR THE FUTURE” to make sure there is a future for the generations to come!

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