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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

Conclusion of an operations contract

  • On 01 October 2019, REMONDIS SU, REMONDIS Aqua’s Turkish subsidiary, took on a contract to operate the new wastewater treatment plant in the region of Kocaeli for a period of 24 months. With almost 2 million inhabitants, Kocaeli is the tenth most densely populated city in Turkey. And is the country’s second-largest city as far as the size of its economy is concerned. This new contract, therefore, not only involves a number of major technological demands, it is also a flagship project for REMONDIS in Turkey.

The most modern plant of its kind in the region

The newer of the project’s two sewage treatment plants, Kullar WWTP, was commissioned in 2018 and is the most modern of its kind throughout the whole of the Kocaeli region. One of the special technical features of this wastewater treatment plant is its activated sludge tank. A one-megawatt solar power system has been mounted on its cover enabling it to use this unusual surface to generate renewable energy. Moreover, some of the treated wastewater undergoes a fourth treatment stage. The treated wastewater is fed through additional sand filters and then supplied to the neighbouring businesses as industrial water. At the same time, it is also used for watering the grounds of this large sewage treatment plant. All of the wastewater is disinfected by using UV light irradiation.

A wide range of tasks

The operations contract was concluded between ISU – Kocaeli General Directorate of Water and Sewerage Administration, which runs a total of 22 wastewater treatment plants, 13 drinking water supply plants and several laboratories, and REMONDIS SU. This agreement for operating the two plants – Kullar Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment Plant and Plajyolu Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment Plant – puts the company in charge of the personnel, laboratory analysis work, maintenance and repair, chemical treatment, waste management, the transport of sewage sludge and the fleet of vehicles required to do this work.

No other plant in Turkey has this combination of modern wastewater treatment and renewable energy production.

The Kullar Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment Plant is located in Basiskele, Kocaeli, and can process 83,225m³ of wastewater every day. The plant’s system enables the carbons, nitrogen and phosphorus to be filtered out of the water. The sewage sludge is thermally treated in an adjoining incineration plant which produces 8,000,000kWh of energy every year. The second plant, Plajyolu Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment Plant, is in Izmit, Kocaeli, and processes up to 72,000m³ of wastewater a day. Having been awarded this new operations contract in one of Turkey’s fastest-growing regions, REMONDIS SU will once again be able to demonstrate its in-depth expertise of wastewater treatment and show just how reliable it is.

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