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The REMONDIS Group’s recycling activities in the Netherlands have been managed by its subsidiary, REMONDIS Nederland B.V., since 2006. The company has now further expanded its operations in the country thanks to a number of strategic acquisitions – by purchasing two Kuiper businesses (Noord-Holland) at the beginning of October and the commercial activities of the municipal company, Twente Milieu, in November.
Founded in 1890, the family-run firm, Kuiper, is based in the North Dutch city of Enkhuizen on the IJsselmeer. For years now, this waste management and recycling specialist has primarily served the provinces of Noord-Holland and Flevoland. REMONDIS has now taken over its two companies, Transportbedrijf Kuiper and Kuiper Groenrecycling Hoogkarspel, effective retroactively from 01 January 2014. The majority of their customers are private households and medium-sized firms as well as numerous agricultural businesses.
REMONDIS’ Dutch activities began in Nijmegen seven years ago: in 2007, it purchased a share in the ARN waste incineration plant.
In addition, REMONDIS acquired Twente Milieu’s commercial waste activities by way of an asset deal in the middle of November which will become effective on 01 January 2015. This municipal company was set up by several district authorities located in the region of Twente, which is situated in the east of the Netherlands along the Dutch / German border. The largest shareholders of Twente Milieu are the towns of Enschede and Hengelo who together have around 240,000 local inhabitants. The customers from this region will now be served by REMONDIS’ associated company, J. Grobben from Almelo.
REMONDIS’ Dutch arm had acquired a number of other companies in the Netherlands prior to these takeovers. Last year, for example, it purchased two waste collection and recycling companies owned by the family-run business, Methorst Milieu. Located in the towns of Scherpenzeel and Ochten (between Arnheim and Utrecht), these acquisitions helped considerably to expand the reach of REMONDIS’ business activities in the country.
In 2013, REMONDIS took over van Kesteren Milieuservice, a firm previously owned by van Kesteren Holding. Based in Groesbeek in the Province of Gelderland, this business focuses on collecting and recycling commercial waste. The garden and organic waste collected by van Kesteren is recycled in the anaerobic digestion facility operated by REMONDIS’ associated company, ARN, which is located just 15 kilometres away near the town of Nijmegen.
The acquisition of the commercial waste activities previously operated by the municipal business Twente clearly illustrates the successful cooperation work that also exists in the Netherlands between the public sector and REMONDIS. The district of Kampen (51,000 inhabitants) has also sold its commercial waste activities to REMONDIS this year. The provincial capital city of Zwolle was the first district authority to make this move: ROVA – one of the country’s largest public sector businesses for managing waste, developing public spaces and generating sustainable energy – sold its commercial activities to REMONDIS in 2013.
Two of the main reasons why these authorities opted to sell to REMONDIS were its long-standing presence in the regions as well as its long-term plans for its future business in the Netherlands. Dr Andreas Krawczik, managing director of REMONDIS Nederland, very much values the trust placed in the company by the authorities: “We’re really pleased that the Dutch public sector companies, which are looking to hand over their commercial waste activities to a reliable buyer, consider REMONDIS to be an ideal partner. Everyone benefits from us expanding and strengthening our regional businesses across the country.”