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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 hospital with over 300 beds

  • In July 2019, the family-run ASKLEPIOS Group – Europe’s largest private operator of hospitals – awarded a contract to LWG Lausitzer Wasser GmbH & Co. KG to operate the drinking water supply system at its hospital in Teupitz, a town in the district of Dahme-Spreewald, south of Berlin. The Asklepios Clinic in Teupitz has over 300 beds and specialises in psychiatry and neurology. The centre comprises a clinic for psychiatric, psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic medicine, a neurology clinic and a specialist centre for socio-psychiatric rehabilitation. LWG, a REMONDIS Aqua subsidiary, is now helping to secure the well-being of the patients by supplying them with high quality drinking water.

A wide range of tasks

The hospital has always had its own independent drinking water supply system and it has now commissioned LWG to operate its waterworks, clean water storage tanks and three kilometres of drinking water pipes outside the buildings. All in all, the system covers the requirements of the approximately 500 staff and patients at the clinics. The new contract will also see LWG helping the hospital to implement its decision to invest in two new clean water storage tanks and control technology. LWG already operates such plants in Teupitz to supply the local district with drinking water and manages the drinking water and wastewater billing and accounting processes on behalf of the local water association.

Clean water is the first requirement for being healthy – this is precisely what REMONDIS Aqua supplies.

ASKLEPIOS is, therefore, benefiting from the extensive experience of these water specialists. LWG Lausitzer Wasser GmbH & Co. KG, for example, has been supplying the Carl Thiem Clinic with drinking water for decades now. With its 1,203 beds and around 2,500 employees and apprentices, it is not only the biggest employer in Cottbus, it is also one of the largest and best performing hospitals in Germany.

Also working for other clinics

Wasserverband Lausitz Betriebsführungs GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co.KG in Lünen, is also responsible for supplying the health care sector with drinking water. Its customers include the two hospitals in Senftenberg and Lauchhammer owned by Klinikum Niederlausitz GmbH, the many health centres run by Gesundheitszentrum Niederlausitz GmbH across the whole of WAL’s district and the FamilienCampus Lausitz in Klettwitz.

Six kilometres of pipes

Furthermore, Rheingauwasser GmbH has been responsible for the technical management of the water supply system at the Vitos Rheingau Clinic since 01 January 2018. This project involves Rheingauwasser GmbH (a company managed by REMONDIS EURAWASSER GmbH) operating the hospital-owned equipment, such as its extraction plants, two elevated tanks, a pumping station, a drinking water production plant and a pipe network stretching approx. six kilometres.

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