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  • Dear Readers!

    At the beginning of December, delegates from 195 UN member states and the EU travelled to Paris to try and find a compromise to curb global warming – a compromise which all countries should then honour. Their primary goal has been to find a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol which ends in 2020. They had not reached the end of their deliberations when this magazine went to print but one thing has become very clear: the significance of the recycling industry as a means to preventing climate change continues to be underestimated. And yet there are so many excellent examples that demonstrate how sending waste for materials recycling not only protects our environment and conserves our dwindling supplies of natural resources but also helps to curb global warming. REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant in Lünen reduces emissions of CO2 equivalents by almost half a million tonnes every year by recycling waste and producing regenerative energy. And this is just one plant in REMONDIS’ network of approx. 500 facilities. If the whole world were to use the full potential of the raw materials and energy hidden in waste, then recycling would put an end to global warming. Logically, Klima Expo.NRW has accepted three more of REMONDIS’ areas of expertise onto its list of qualified projects following the nomination of its biogas plant in Coesfeld at the beginning of the year. These and other recycling plants and projects will help to spread the message that recycling has a long list of advantages and is one of the best ways to counteract climate change.  

    Recycled paper is one of these raw materials that can help curb global warming: it can be used as a substitute for paper made from virgin fibres and so help reduce the need to fell our trees. The following figures clearly demonstrate that sustainable forest management is not at the top of every country’s list. We are currently losing around 13 million hectares or 130,000km² of forest every single year. That is the equivalent to a forest the size of England being cut down every year. Forests are an effective way of preventing climate change as each and every tree absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. Paper recycling helps protect our forests and probably has the biggest impact on the carbon footprint of our informed society which still turns to paper formats as their main source of information despite the presence of the Internet. REMONDIS provides the paper industry with huge supplies of high quality recycled paper, helping the sector to become more sustainable.

    Sustainability, however, starts before recycling is actually needed. The European Waste Framework Directive puts re-use in second place after waste prevention and ahead of materials recycling. It is, therefore, a logical decision for Daimler, REMONDIS and a number of other partners to set up the world’s largest second use battery storage unit made from used lithium-ion batteries at the Lippe Plant. The batteries, which will come from the growing number of electric cars, still have 90 % of their storage capacity after they can no longer be used in the vehicles – more than enough to help stabilise the grid as more and more electricity is provided by fluctuating regenerative energy sources. After approx.10 years use in this battery storage unit, the batteries can then be sent for efficient materials recycling – perfectly closing the life cycle of this product.

    We would like to thank all our friends, partners and employees for their goodwill and loyalty throughout the past year and wish them a very happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. 

    Yours

    Max Koettgen

Business in the Netherlands continues to grow

  • REMONDIS’ Dutch subsidiary is continuing to grow. Its success can be put down to a number of reasons: its comprehensive range of services, its steadily expanding network of business locations and the close collaboration work between the Group’s various companies. Its operations have been given a further boost with the recent acquisition of the recycling and waste management firm, Dusseldorp.

A wide range of services within the Dusseldorp Group

The Dusseldorp Group primarily operates in the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel in the east of the Netherlands. Last year, it had a turnover of around 135 million euros. This autumn, REMONDIS purchased all shares in this family-run company which has a wide-ranging portfolio including waste management, recycling and wastewater services as well as construction and demolition services. The construction and demolition division was immediately sold on to a Dutch construction firm. Dr Andreas Krawczik, managing director of REMONDIS Nederland B.V., explained: “We made a conscious decision to sell on the construction and demolition division, as we wish to concentrate fully on developing our core businesses.” Thanks to this takeover of Dusseldorp’s recycling and waste management operations, REMONDIS has once again succeeded in considerably growing its regional presence in the country. Besides acquiring Dusseldorp’s main branch in Lichtenvoorde near Winterswijk, it now also owns businesses in Nijmegen, Doetinchem, Ermelo, Hardenberg and Nijkerk which, together, employ over 380 people. In addition to offering an extensive range of services and recycling activities, these branches also regularly maintain and service approx. 26,000 municipal pumping stations in the Dutch provinces.

REMONDIS set up its own company in the Netherlands, REMONDIS Nederland B.V., back in 2006.

Initially, REMONDIS and Dusseldorp will continue to operate as the REMONDIS Dusseldorp Group. Plans are for it to be run solely under the REMONDIS name by the end of 2016. The teams working at the two companies will not only be collaborating more closely, their offices will also be located nearer to one another: REMONDIS’ Dutch subsidiary is relocating its head office from Ede to Lichtenvoorde, where Dusseldorp is based. “This is a clear sign just how important this acquisition is for our operations in the Netherlands,” commented Werner Hols, managing director of REMONDIS International.

(from left to right) Dr Gerd Terbeck, Managing Director of REMONDIS Nederland B.V., REMONDIS Board Member, Egbert Tölle, Frank Dusseldorp, former managing partner of the Dusseldorp Group and Dr Andreas Krawczik, Managing Director of REMONDIS Nederland B.V., during a visit to Dusseldorp’s main branch in Lichtenvoorde

A significant increase in market share

Helped along by its newly acquired operations, REMONDIS is planning to considerably increase its market share in the Netherlands. “We will be looking to achieve additional growth by continuing to extend our customer base as well as by acquiring further businesses, primarily in Gelderland and the Overijssel region,” explained Dr Andreas Krawczik. Moreover, the company is aiming to grow and further improve the range of services it offers its commercial and municipal customers. The company’s expanded and more closely knit network across the region will help it achieve these goals.

Over the last three years or so, REMONDIS has gradually been increasing its presence in the Netherlands by purchasing companies that are a perfect match for its core business. Such companies include van Kesteren Milieuservice and two divisions previously owned by the family-run business, Methorst Milieu, as well as two firms from the family-owned business, Kuiper. At the same time, a number of local authorities have passed on their operational business or company shares involving commercial waste to REMONDIS.

The number of REMONDIS branches in the Netherlands has grown considerably this last year

  • Ideal conditions for mutual success

    REMONDIS’ extensive experience of integrating new companies into its group has ensured that the process of merging these latest additions was completed quickly and smoothly. The fact that the companies had often had a strong business relationship before the acquisition also helped the merging of the operations. This is most certainly true of Dusseldorp. The two companies had not only been working together in Nijmegen to ensure sufficient volumes of materials were delivered to ARN (in which REMONDIS owns a share) but also in the areas of transport, logistics and hazardous waste. Werner Hols commented: “Our two companies have much in common – from our customer-oriented culture to our high expectations when it comes to the quality of our recycling operations. REMONDIS is very much able to identify with the motto of the Dusseldorp Group: ‘The solution is close by’.”

    • Norbert Rethmann, honorary chairman of the supervisory board of the RETHMANN Group, and Frank Dusseldorp, former board chairman of the Dutch Dusseldorp Group, at a meeting in the Netherlands

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