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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

  • Purchase completed in November 2019

    REMONDIS Recycling GmbH & Co. KG has taken over all shares in Pakufol Folienprodukte GmbH, Depner Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co. KG and Depner Verwaltungs GmbH as part of a share deal, with retroactive effect from 01 January 2018. The acquisition was completed on 14 November 2019.

More than 30 years’ experience

  • By recycling low-density polyethylene (aka PE-LD), REMONDIS Recycling has achieved vertical integration along the supply chain – reflecting the comprehensive developments and ongoing efforts being made by REMONDIS to recycle all plastics. With over 30 years’ experience, Pakufol is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic sacks in Germany. Pakufol’s products are stamped with the Blue Angel, the ecolabel of the Federal German government, and are – for the most part – made from recycled plastic film. The company’s former managing partner, Peter Depner, has been appointed managing director of Pakufol Folienprodukte GmbH. Dagmar Depner will also continue to support the firm’s customers and employees.

    High quality blow moulding plants are used to produce easy tear, high stretch plastic film

A further step towards 100% plastics recycling

With PE-LD making up the largest share of all plastic waste produced in Germany, this addition to its portfolio, i.e. recycling and producing this plastic, is an important diversification for the company. REMONDIS Recycling’s subsidiaries, such as RE Plano GmbH and REMONDIS PET Recycling, already have a wealth of knowledge of plastics recycling – especially in the production of high quality recycled raw materials that include flakes, pellets and compounds.

Pakufol’s sacks are stamped with the Blue Angel ecolabel and are, for the most part, made of recycled plastic film.

“In the past, we supplied other PE-LD recyclers around the world with old plastic film. We will now be able to recycle it ourselves and use it to manufacture plastic sacks made of 100% recycled plastic,” explained Ralf Mandelatz, managing director of REMONDIS Recycling. Thanks to this acquisition, REMONDIS has closed a further gap as it heads towards achieving its goal of 100% plastics recycling.

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