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  • Dear Readers!

    2018 has been an extraordinary year for our group. There have been some great business opportunities around – in the area of recycling as well as in the global market for mobility, both in the private and public transport sector. We have been able to make the most of these opportunities by taking steps to acquire DSD (Duales System Deutschland GmbH) – as has the RETHMANN Group, which is intending to purchase shares in Transdev, a leading global operator of mobility solutions based in France. Both transactions must still be approved by the rele-vant authorities.

    As an operator and global integrator of mobility solutions, Transdev – “the mobility company” – provides eleven million passenger trips every day, connecting people and places with its efficient and environmentally friendly transport services. Transdev advises and collaborates with public authorities and private sector firms providing sustainable, safe and innovative transport solutions.

    82,000 employees serve the company’s customers and passengers in 20 countries. In 2017, it generated a turnover of 6.6 billion euros. Transdev’s operations, however, not only include trains, trams and buses. People using the ferries in Sydney to get across Sydney Harbour are also Transdev’s customers. And the company’s portfolio also has cable car networks and auto-mated minibuses. With Transdev being so important for our family-run company, it makes absolute sense for the mobility group to become the RETHMANN Group’s fourth main field of business alongside REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA.

    This past year has been one of the driest since records began in Germany. This has, on the one hand, led to the water levels of our rivers being much lower than normal – quite possibly the lowest levels ever – causing huge problems for inland shipping companies and their customers. On the other, it has once again turned the spotlight on the subjects of climate change and resource conservation. The Vatican is also worried about “our Common Home”. Pope Francis made it clear just how worried he is when he wrote his “Laudato si’” encyclical. REMONDIS joined a number of other family business owners to attend the first Roman Forum, which was held in the Holy City and organised by the BDE [Federal Association of the German Waste Management Industry]. During the event, the participants had a moving meeting with the Holy Father who was impressed by the initiatives of these privately run businesses to promote sustainability.

    Talking about sustainability: Meyer Werft, a shipbuilding business in Papenburg, is also focusing on sustainable production activities – and on building environmentally friendly ships having recently launched its first gas-fuelled cruise ship. This traditional company is also being supported by REMONDIS. Heading for new shores together, so to speak.

    May we take this opportunity to thank you for your great support and collaboration over the last twelve months and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

    Ihr Ludger Rethmann

Getting right away from the world of politics

  • “Don’t just talk, act!” – this is what Rainer Genilke, a member of the state parliament in Brandenburg, often says to himself. He regularly spends time working at businesses that have nothing to do with his own job so that he has the facts at his fingertips when he takes part in political debates. And this is the reason why he recently rolled up his sleeves and joined REMONDIS’ team in Brandenburg.

    Rainer Genilke, Member of the State Parliament in Brandenburg

A day in the life of a dustbin man

Work begins at 6am at REMONDIS’ branch in Herzberg in the German state of Brandenburg. This July, Rainer Genilke travelled to the company to spend a day with one of the teams responsible for emptying the bins around the city. His goal here was not to just talk to the employees but to buckle down and do the work himself – to get an insight into just what a back-breaking job the dustbin men carry out around the district of Elbe-Elster every single day. Throughout the day, Rainer Genilke was able to experience first-hand how the dustbin men had to remain focused at all times to cope with the difficult traffic conditions. Besides these sometimes chaotic driving conditions, he soon realised that emptying bins not only requires physical strength but also high levels of skill and coordination to manoeuvre the special collection vehicles. He also saw what steps he needed to take as a politician having seen for himself the impact of not being allowed to reverse down cul-de-sacs. “We need to think about creating turning areas when making infrastructure decisions,” he pointed out. “The lads have a really hard job. Both in summer and in winter,” he continued, paying tribute to the team of workers. “And they’ll have the organic waste bin to deal with from January onwards, as well.”

  • “I can only pay tribute to the work that REMONDIS carries out on behalf of our waste association – to the way it helps protect our environment and, consequently, our health.”

    Rainer Genilke, Member of the State Parliament in Brandenburg

Good eye-hand coordination a must

The following day, he then travelled to the wood and plastics sorting facility at REMONDIS’ branch in Großräschen – difficult work for an intern with absolutely no experience of the job. With the items rushing past him on the conveyor belt, he had only seconds to remove the unwanted materials. Good eye-hand coordination is a must here. On top of this, he had to cope with the high temperatures which also made it difficult to keep a cool head. Having experienced this work up close, he was highly impressed by the volumes managed by the company: 30,000 tonnes of household waste, 8,000 tonnes of bulky waste and 10,000 tonnes of paper are handled by the 30 members of staff in Herberg and the 150 employees in Großräschen every year. 20 of them are currently doing an apprenticeship and are hoping to be taken on by the firm once they have successfully completed their course. “I can only pay tribute to the work that REMONDIS carries out on behalf of our waste association – to the way it helps protect our environment and, consequently, our health. And all that for a basic charge of less than 30 euros per person per year,” the MP and councillor commented after completing his two-day work experience.

What’s separated remains separated

There is one myth that Rainer Genilke would like to clear up. It really does help if people separate their old bottles according to clear, green and brown glass. It is not true that the old bottles are mixed together when the bottle banks are emptied. On the contrary, the contents of each bottle bank are emptied and transported separately. “The vehicles have three different compartments,” he explained.

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