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  • Dear Readers!

    At the end of the year, it is never a bad idea to take a look back at what has been achieved and to try and predict what may happen in the coming year. 2014 was a turbulent year in many ways. The current conflicts in Europe and other parts of the world continue to affect the global economic climate. Chancellor Angela Merkel laconically summed up the situation at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, commenting that it was ‘impossible to overlook the fact that the current geopolitical tensions were not good for growth’. Against this backdrop and despite all the crises, we are very pleased to see that REMONDIS has enjoyed steady growth this year and strengthened its position on the global market. This can, on the one hand, be put down to the realignment and strengthening of our scrap metal activities and our maintenance and services division. On the other hand, REMONDIS has succeeded in expanding its regional presence and extending the reach of its networks both in Germany and abroad. This year, the company has also focused on intensifying its operations in core regions, i.e. in the regions it is expecting to experience long-term growth.

    Since the Solidarnosc era, Poland has developed into a kind of model EU member state with great prospects for growth and a genuine enthusiasm for the European ideal. In this positive economic climate, REMONDIS has not only managed to maintain but also to expand its position on the Polish market – and this can all be put down to the quality of its services and its ability to invest. Examples of this can be found in Stettin, Gliwice and Opole as well as in this issue of the REMONDIS aktuell magazine. Let us attempt to predict what may happen in 2015. Discussions are currently being held in Germany about passing a new recyclables law. We must wait and see just what challenges we will have to face. According to a report published by the Fraunhofer Umsicht Institute, carbon emissions could be reduced by 1.6 million tonnes if absolutely all recyclable waste in the country were to be collected and recycled. This would be the equivalent of a good 6% of the German government’s target to reduce its emissions by at least 40 percent by 2020. REMONDIS, as the biggest water, recycling and industrial services company, is ready and prepared to contribute towards achieving these goals.

    Healthy growth and sustainability will continue to be two sides of the same coin at REMONDIS in 2015. As always, we will drive our business forward to further stabilise and expand our company divisions. Such growth is only possible with well qualified and highly motivated staff and with satisfied customers and partners.

    We would like to use this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to you all and to wish you a very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2015.

    Yours

    Egbert Tölle

Four new business locations

  • REMONDIS has increased the size of its network in the south of Germany thanks to its takeover of a further four Sita Group business locations, effective since November. The new branches are located in Radolfzell, Talheim, ­Trossingen and Pfullingen, strengthening its service offer in the region and ensuring the company is even closer to its customers in Baden-Württemberg, the third-largest state in Germany. Just a few months prior to this, REMONDIS acquired Sita activities in the North Rhine-Westphalian towns of Olpe, Lennestadt, Schmallenberg and Altenkirchen as well as in Kronach-Neuses in the Upper Franconia region.

Facilities for the towns and for the whole state

  • The southernmost business of the latest acquisitions in Baden-Württemberg is based in Radolfzell on Lake Constance. This branch works for the District of Constance and its approx. 270,000 local inhabitants, collecting waste from a number of the district’s regions. In addition, the staff are also responsible for handling commercial and hazardous waste and collecting old glass and light sales packaging across the whole of the district.

    Thanks to the new branches, the company is now even closer to its customers.

    The Talheim branch lies further north in the District of Tuttlingen. The company’s portfolio ranges from logistical services to collecting commercial and food waste, glass and light sales packaging. Just a few kilometres away, the Trossingen branch operates a paper sorting plant and acts as a transhipment point for materials such as paper, plastic film, glass and wood.

    The new branch in Trossingen

Facilities complement each other perfectly

The fourth new branch in Pfullingen (District of Reutlingen) runs a facility that produces compost from organic waste. It will, therefore, be a useful addition to the company’s modern tunnel composting plant in Singen near Constance and its anaerobic digestion facilities in Freiburg and Deisslingen. Pfulligen produces and markets high quality products such as mulch, potting compost, planting soil, various types of humus as well as roof garden substrate.

Short journeys, quick response times

  • By taking over the new branches and facilities, REMONDIS now has an even more effective logistics network in the south of Baden-Württemberg with all branches having direct access to the infrastructure and know-how of the whole of the REMONDIS Group. The company’s proximity to its customers and its wide range of waste management and recycling services will benefit everyone – from the local authorities and private households, to the many commercial and industrial businesses across the whole of the state. 

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