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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.


    Egbert Tölle

An entertaining programme

Once again, the German Federal President invited the public to join him at Schloss Bellevue, his official residence in Berlin, to take part in his annual summer festival at the beginning of September. The weather stayed fine throughout and there was a great atmosphere with the visitors being offered an entertaining programme of events including concerts, theatre performances, discussion groups and a number of information booths. The motto this year: “Voluntary work and its wide and varied range of activities”.

Mission to save our planet’s natural resources

Our RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS were also invited to take part in the festival this year. They were, therefore, able to continue their mission, namely to raise awareness about raw material shortages and to emphasise the importance of teaching children at an early age about practising recycling and conserving our planet’s natural resources. REMONDIS’ project demonstrates how crucial subjects – such as separating recyclables and the impending shortages of raw materials – can be taught in an entertaining manner so that children learn how to separate waste correctly, protect the environment and prevent climate change. As always, our RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS were a great success: the children had loads of fun taking part in the different games and, at the same time, absorbed the most important facts about recycling and raw materials. Our RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS were, of course, able to offer the full range of activities – including REMONDIS’ wall building game, the “RECYCLING KIDS” board game and the crafts workshop where the children made their own hobby horses and spinning plates from recycled materials.

A hobby horse for our Federal President

This wide range of entertaining activities meant the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ stand was extremely popular attracting families with children and even the Federal President, Joachim Gauck, himself. Joachim Gauck and his partner, Daniela Schadt, were given a warm welcome and learned all about the educational RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS project and its mission to save our planet’s raw materials. Before leaving, they were given a present – a hobby horse and a spinning plate – bringing smiles to the faces of all those present.

  • The letter sent by the Federal President thanking the company for taking part in the festival

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