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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

At the site since 2012

  • REMONDIS France S.A.S acquired a recycling location from the French family-run firm Decamp-Dubos on 01 May 2019. The site, which has been operation since 2012, is situated in Beauvais, approximately 100 kilometres north of Paris and close to REMONDIS’ business in Amblainville.

An extensive portfolio

Marianne Decamp, the third generation of her family to run the firm, handed over the business to REMONDIS managing director Pierre-André Vasseur in the spring. Decamp-Dubos is a great acquisition for REMONDIS. For decades now, the company has built up a solid reputation in the Department of Oise as a reliable provider of recycling services for both commercial and industrial businesses. Its portfolio not only includes collecting commercial waste but also sorting and recycling it. And it is able to carry out all these services itself on site at its 110,000m² business premises. Using its 32 specialist vehicles, crane, hydraulic excavator, fork-lift truck, screw compactor, baler and a variety of container systems, the company stores, sorts and processes the many waste materials it receives.

Dubos was originally founded in 1946 to collect textiles. The business premises was completely destroyed by fire in 2008. The new business was opened in Beauvais in 2012.

REMONDIS managing director Pierre-André Vasseur is looking forward to the new tasks at the site and working with the experienced team there. The 50 employees should continue to uphold the company’s tradition and make the most of their extensive know-how. “REMONDIS has been operating in France for many years and all of its divisions will benefit from the acquisition of Decamp-Dubos,” he commented. Not least because this takeover means that public landfill waste will also be able to be processed by REMONDIS in France (up to 92 percent) in the future.

“REMONDIS has been operating in France for many years and all of its divisions will benefit from the acquisition of Decamp-Dubos.”

Pierre-André Vasseur, REMONDIS Managing Director

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