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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

Quick access to recycling services

  • The Redooo platform has been online in Australia since October – initially in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and now throughout the country. While the recycling sector may be one of the more down-to-earth industries, one that is perhaps not crying out for a technical revolution, this does not mean that it has ignored the benefits of digital processes.

Services in real time

The goal here is to provide a quick and simple way for both commercial and private customers to get in touch with companies providing recycling services. The number of online customers should steadily grow and there is practically no limit to the range of products and services that can be offered. What’s more, everything operates in real time – even the quote sent to the customers. Redooo helps companies and private individuals to find the most suitable certified provider for the recycling service they are looking for. This online tool provides the support needed to process the orders digitally, whether it involves recycling construction waste or other types of waste material or ordering bins or skips and arranging for them to be collected. The product range has also been expanded to include other services: besides being able to put in single orders for skips (available for eleven different types of waste materials), customers in Australia can also book products or services online that should be provided regularly on a long-term basis, such as supplying bins and containers or cleaning fat separators and septic tanks. The service or product is then delivered at the time requested by the customer and payment is also made online.

A rating tool has also been included

  • Throughout the process, therefore, focus is put on the needs and wishes of the customer. With a network of over 1,500 service providers in Australia, Redooo is able to identify the best partner for the service needed – based on reliability, price and proximity to the customer. A special tool has also been developed to enable customers to rate the quality of the service they received. “The first month has gone well. We had 1,659 visitors and around 2,000 page views. That’s not bad considering the fact that there are 16 other competitors out there offering similar digital platforms and online shops,” commented Daniel Natrup, the project manager in charge of Redooo Australia. Besides being available via standard browsers, the Australian Redooo platform can also be accessed using an app that has been developed for iOS devices.

Redooo helps companies and private individuals to find the most suitable certified provider for the recycling service they are looking for. Find out more about Redooo Australia at redooo.com.au

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