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  • Dear Readers!

    There is a political stalemate in Germany at the moment. With four of the six parties elected to Germany’s new Parliament failing to find a compromise so that they can form a government, the country’s political future – at the time we went to print – is more uncertain than ever. A so-called Jamaica coalition, which gets its name from the colours of the different parties: black for the two Conservative coalition partners CDU and CSU, yellow for the Liberals FDP, and green for the Bündnis90/Die Grünen (the colours of the Jamaican flag), would appear to no longer be an option after the parties’ exploratory talks broke down on 19 November. At the same time, the Social Democrats seem to be sticking to their decision not to form another ‘grand coalition’ with their Conservative counterparts. There are certainly some huge political hurdles to overcome. Whilst some would prefer more state control, others are looking to follow a more typically liberal course with greater freedom for businesses. The Green’s desire to speed up the move towards an energy sector without fossil fuels (including shutting down coal-fired power stations and getting rid of internal combustion engines earlier than planned) is proving to be an obstacle for those with more conservative political interests. And, whilst the Liberals are finally fighting to expand digital networks in rural areas, the Conservatives would appear to be merely paying digital lip service to this subject.

    And yet there is no time to lose. The economy is already going through a structural change as a result of the next industrial revolution and this revolution is both digital and electrical. It has come at a time when the world is facing the huge challenges of climate change and a growing number of environmental problems which, in the end, will make it difficult to meet the global population’s needs.

    Even sand – a substance we would seem to be surrounded by – is becoming scarce. And, once again, it is our industry that has come up with a solution. If we are to curb global warming, move away from fossil fuels and conserve our planet’s raw materials, then setting up a genuine circular economy must be at the very centre of a government’s policy. If Germany, a country with so few natural resources of its own, is to remain an important industrial location in the future as supplies of raw materials become ever scarcer, then the spotlight must be turned on recycling. Recycling must be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, especially of product designers. The foundations were created for this when the Packaging Law was introduced during the last legislative period as this lays down product responsibility and market-based measures to promote recycling. What is needed now is to transfer these standards so that they apply to all products.
    There is always much to celebrate at the end of the year. REMONDIS is, for example, celebrating sixty years of plastics recycling at RE PLANO and, of course, that you – our custom-ers, friends, partners and employees – have remained loyal to us throughout the year. Together, day by day, we can help make the world that little bit more sustainable.
    We would like to thank you for your great support and collab-oration over the last twelve months and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year.


    Ludger Rethmann

Information about 16 different apprenticeships

  • Using a VR headset to take a walk through a scrap metal facility, reversing a lorry correctly in a collection truck simulator or trying out the recruitment test that an industrial management assistant would have to take – there was plenty on hand to entertain the visitors to this year’s ‘Lünen Apprenticeship Evening’. The company’s current apprentices had set up individual stands in front of REMONDIS’ head office to provide information about 16 different apprenticeships offered by the company. The friendly atmosphere made everyone feel really welcome and a presenter had been brought in to entertain the visitors and bring a smile to their faces.

The event attracted many visitors

It was clear that the evening was going to be a success the moment the event started at 6pm. “The first shuttle bus arriving from the city centre was absolutely packed. The stands have been busy non-stop since then,” commented apprenticeship manager, Kristina Rehahn. The dry weather and mild temperatures meant that many of the schoolchildren travelled to the Lippe Plant by bike. This year, REMONDIS was joined by teams of apprentices from TSR, Wirtschaftsbetriebe Lünen, Xervon and Buchen, UCL, the IT services div-ision and the Lippe Plant’s own fire brigade.

  • “The majority of the people visiting us were really well prepared and knew exactly which apprenticeships they were interested in.”

    Kristina Rehahn, Apprenticeship Manager at REMONDIS

The company’s current apprentices were on hand to help

The young visitors were able to put all their questions to the many apprentices and trainers at the event – who were easy to spot thanks to their high-vis vests. “The majority of the people visiting us were really well prepared and knew exactly which apprenticeships they were interested in,” Kristina Rehahn continued. She was really happy with the way this year’s Lünen Apprenticeship Evening went, with the company welcoming even more visitors than last year.

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