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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. 


    Max Koettgen

A two-day event at Schloss Bellevue

  • German head of state, President Joachim Gauck, invited a wide range of guests to attend his 2015 summer festival which was held at Schloss Bellevue, his official residence in Berlin, on 11 and 12 September. As every year, the focus of the event was on voluntary work. The first day was dedicated to a select group of people who the Federal President had invited to thank them for the work they carried out as volunteers, giving up so much of their free time to help those around them. Everyone was welcome to go along to the second day of the festival. Many of REMONDIS’ staff also do voluntary work. An excellent reason, therefore, for the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS to invite ten colleagues and their partners to travel to the event to represent all of the company’s volunteers and spend an unforgettable weekend in Berlin.

Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, also paid a visit to the Federal President’s summer festival

The RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ second appearance since 2014

  • REMONDIS’ educational RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS project had already left a lasting impression at the 2014 summer festival. They were, therefore, invited to return this year to set up a stand in front of Schloss Bellevue so that they could continue their work of teaching children about the importance of recycling and safeguarding our planet’s natural resources. This year, however, REMONDIS went even further. A large number of people from across the whole of the group regularly give up their free time to help those around them by doing voluntary work. REMONDIS and the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS decided to make the most of this opportunity and give away ten exclusive ‘plus one’ tickets to the Federal President’s summer festival for 11 September 2015, including an overnight stay at a hotel in the centre of Berlin. All company employees who do voluntary work in their spare time were invited to put their names into the hat. No matter whether they worked as volunteers in their local sports club, for their church or to protect animals – the type of voluntary work was irrelevant here. The only condition was that their voluntary work was carried out in Germany.

    • As was the case last year, the summer festival – held both in and around Schloss Bellevue – was a great success and an unforgettable weekend for all the volunteers, to whom the Federal President paid tribute during his speech. Federal President Gauck also thanked REMONDIS and the other participants for helping to make the summer festival such a success. REMONDIS and the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS would be more than happy to go back there again next year.

    • This year, the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS team welcomed a group of REMONDIS employees to the event, all of whom do voluntary work in their free time

Life as we know it in Germany would hardly be possible without the hard work of so many volunteers.

    • Robin, the protector of all raw materials, has become the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ well-known mascot

    • Federal President Joachim Gauck wrote a letter to REMONDIS to thank them for their efforts

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