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  • Dear Readers!

    Once again another successful year is drawing to a close for our family-run company. This sentence, or one similar, can be read really quite often. In our case, a look back at the editorial of our 2018 Christmas issue might bring on a smile. Exactly one year ago, we spoke of the great business opportunities in both the recycling industry and the transport sector. At the time, we wrote in our editorial: “We have been able to make the most of these opportunities by taking steps to acquire DSD – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (and to purchase shares in Transdev). Both transactions must still be approved by the relevant authorities.”

    As we know today, twelve months on, the acquisition of shares in the Transdev Group worked out perfectly while the other – DSD – has, at least for the time being, been blocked by the German monopolies commission. Having assessed the packaging recycling market last year, we believed that DSD did not have a dominant market position – something that has been further underlined by the latest developments. The customer structure within the Dual System has changed dramatically since the Schwarz Group became, practically overnight, one of the five largest recycling companies after taking over Tönsmeier and expanding into the packaging market with its renamed firm, PreZero. REWE, one of the three biggest distributors of sales packaging in Germany, has changed its Dual System provider and moved to Reclay. And, on 19 November, a press release was published in the media that Aldi has also changed its provider and is now licensing its packaging with Interseroh instead of DSD. It will be interesting to see if and to what extent these latest developments will impact on the Regional Appeal Court’s ruling.

    Looking at the world of politics, 2019 has ended with the German government bringing out a concrete climate action package. The recycling industry, which has played a major – if not decisive – role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions since the introduction of the TaSi [Technical Directive on the Recycling, Treatment and Disposal of Municipal Waste] in 2005, is rubbing its eyes in disbelief having read the 22 pages. A mere 16 lines have been devoted to our industry. Perhaps they are already simply taking the positive impact we have on tackling climate change for granted? It is probably more likely that they continue to underestimate the potential of recycling to combat climate change. And there is still so much unused potential. Were the substitution rate, i.e. the share of recycled raw materials used in industrial production processes, to be doubled from the current 15% to 30%, then this alone would lead to emissions of CO2 equivalents being cut by around 60 million tonnes. The fact remains that comprehensive recycling measures will enable the climate goals to be met. Indeed, REMONDIS shows that this is possible every single day.

    With this optimistic outlook, I would like to thank you all for your great support and collaboration over the last twelve months. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2020.

    Yours Ludger Rethmann

Ready for everything

  • A small fire in a chemicals lab, backache from sitting in a lorry for so long or becoming addicted to your mobile phone or online games to forget the stress at work. A person’s job can involve a whole range of challenges, many of which are not taken as seriously as they perhaps should. REMONDIS’ safety division recently launched its new “Safer together” campaign to make the REMONDIS Group’s apprentices more aware of these pitfalls and to show them how they can be avoided.

Campaign began in October

  • A team of advisers and experts have travelled to five different locations (Lünen, Berlin, Brandenburg an der Havel, Leipzig and Lübeck) since the safety campaign began back in October. They will have visited a total of 15 towns in Germany by the end of the campaign. All of the company’s apprentices were given the opportunity to register to attend one the events being held in their region. As a result, 1,000 young professionals such as office workers, lorry drivers and plant employees have been able to learn more about workplace health and safety. The lectures, seminars and simulation games have been divided up into three main subjects. The workshops are being held in cooperation with the medical insurance company, BIG Direkt Krankenkasse.

Several workshops

    • The participants taking part in the first workshop, which was entitled “digital addiction”, took a closer look at the tricky subject of excessive mobile phone use and online gaming.

    Besides learning more about the typical risk factors, they also carried out tests on themselves to see how high their own risk of addiction was. The second workshop focused on showing those taking part how to organise themselves, as job-related stress can be reduced by working in a structured manner. The experts also underlined at this point just how important it is for colleagues to treat each other correctly, to divide up tasks sensibly and to communicate with one another as these all help to alleviate workplace stress. The third workshop turned the spotlight on the subject of “ergonomics”, which was particularly useful for both the office workers and the lorry drivers. As well as showing the apprentices what exercises they can do and the best way to sit at a desk or behind a wheel, the expert in charge also taught them all about ergonomics. Having learned how tension actually comes about and just what a positive impact regular exercise has on a person’s body, the participants are now more aware than ever of how important exercise is to stay healthy. They also got some physical exercise when they went go-carting wearing ‘impairment glasses’ or ‘beer goggles’. The course had been set up by the fire brigade to demonstrate the danger of drinking and driving.

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