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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

A company with a history stretching back over 90 years

  • After over 90 years of family history, K. Müller AG was taken over by REMONDIS Schweiz AG, with retroactive effect from 01 January 2019. This company has had its head office in Wallisellen since 1925 – a town situated ten kilometres north of Zurich and 40 kilometres south of Schaffhausen.

A wide-ranging portfolio

Three generations of the same family have managed this recycling company over the years, which offers a wide-ranging portfolio of services for household, municipal, commercial and industrial waste. REMONDIS managing director Peter Nardo is now leading the company, which will continue operating with the same team of employees and the same corporate design. “We’re really pleased to be able to keep the tradition of this family-led firm going and to continue offering its customer-oriented solutions in and around Zurich. The acquisition of K. Müller AG will enable us to further cement our market presence. What’s more, K. Müller AG’s long-standing and experienced workforce will be a great addition to REMONDIS Schweiz’s team,” commented Peter Nardo.

  • With 85 employees, 40 vehicles and a 16,000m² business premises, K. Müller AG is one of the largest recycling companies in the country

Providing services to 160,000 households

Thanks to the integration of K. Müller AG, the REMONDIS Group has been able to considerably expand its operations, in particular around Zurich. Regular waste collection concepts and collection on demand are just two of the many long-standing services that the company delivers to around 160,000 households. The overall concept also allows customers to access many other useful services. They can, for example, have their garden waste bins cleaned when they are emptied. The company also offers a range of maintenance and technical services for bins and containers, hires out machines and gives waste management advice to operators of building sites.

K. Müller’s overall concept includes many specialist services such as bin cleaning, machine hire and express services

Moreover, the company collects and recycles waste from a total of 40 districts, 800 restaurants and hotels and many different industrial businesses based around Zurich. This portfolio of express services, clearance work or events services will also benefit REMONDIS’ other customers in Switzerland. The Mülliland recycling centre – which was opened in 2015 and is much appreciated by the local population as it accepts all types of waste – will continue to be open 24/7 as before. Thanks to its team of 85 employees and fleet of 40 vehicles, K. Müller AG delivers a wide range of reliable services from its 16,000m² business premises.

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