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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 

Target audience: children and teenagers

Since the summer, REMONDIS’ educational project has been visiting kindergartens and schools in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia to put on theatre performances and teach children and teenagers about protecting the environment, conserving our planet’s natural resources and separating recyclable waste. A further module has now been developed which can be used at local family events. Here, too, the “RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS on Tour” get their audience involved in fun and creative activities to inform them about recycling.

Getting the message across through conversation

  • As with the others, this module seeks to show which recycling materials go in which bin and why it is so important to segregate and sort waste. During the games, a specially trained team of experienced teachers and actors, who know all about these subjects, talk to the visitors to find out more about their local situation. By doing so both the children and their parents get to learn more about handling recyclables.

Modules specially developed for children

  • What goes in what bin? Just one of the subjects covered by the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS

  • When they are on tour, the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS have a circus tent to provide the visitors with a roof over their heads. Whether it be a wall building activity, a creative recyclables stand, a recyclables race or a singing workshop – everything has been developed especially for children and fits together and complements each other perfectly. In principle, this “RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS on Tour” module is suitable for every type of family event such as open days, environmental events, jubilees, city festivals, company family days or special educational events.

First tour was a great success

The RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS went ‘on tour’ for the very first time on 15 September when they attended an open day held by Wirtschaftsbetriebe Oberhausen. We are proud to say that they turned out to be the main attraction there. The wide range of games and activities put on by the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS proved to be really popular among the families with children. The mixture of the games, creative workshops and infotainment attracted both young and old so that there was a steady flow of visitors to the stand from start to finish. The younger visitors were taught more about the importance of segregating recyclables through play. The adults also had questions about recycling and the shortage of natural resources which the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS were able to answer. Moreover, contact was made to teachers who wished to use the “RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS“ board game in their classes and to have the theatre performance held at their schools. All in all, this premiere was a true success and everyone is looking forward to taking part in more open air events.

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