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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

Great exam results for this future talent

    • EURAWASSER Nord GmbH in Güstrow can be just as proud of themselves as well. 33-year-old Anton Melnyk completed his apprenticeship to become a pipe fitter this summer with a remarkable grade even though he had to face some unusual conditions.

    “You had set yourself the goal of becoming a pipe fitter and you completed your apprenticeship with exceptionally good results. At the same time, you’ve created the best possible springboard for your future career,” said Klaus-Jürgen Strupp, President of the Rostock Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), as he praised Anton Melnyk, who had been awarded 92 points and the grade “very good” at the end of his apprenticeship at EURAWASSER. Having achieved the best exam results of all the pipe fitter apprentices enrolled at the IHK, he was invited to attend a special ceremony held in Rostock’s St. Nicholas Church on 23 October 2019.

In Germany for just five years

  • The president of the IHK was particularly impressed with this achievement because Anton Melnyk had come to Germany as a refugee from Ukraine just a few years ago, in November 2014 to be precise. Even though he did not receive a long-term residence permit, he did what he could to find out about the various apprenticeship and training courses on offer – and took part in a careers open day held by EURAWASSER Nord. He then sailed through the application process and began his apprenticeship to become a pipe fitter in August 2016. As he did not have a valid residence permit at the time, EURAWASSER applied to the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (federal employment agency) for him to get an apprenticeship permit. Despite having been given this apprenticeship permit, Anton received a deportation notice in October 2016. With the help of district administrator Sebastian Constien, a specialist lawyer and the support of EURAWASSER Nord, he succeeded in extending his stay in the country so that he could complete his apprenticeship.

“Mr Melnyk was able to get the support he needed thanks to the close collaboration work between the Rostock district authorities and EURAWASSER. Such work is really important, especially with the current skills shortages. This is a great example of successful integration.”

District Administrator Sebastian Constien

Taken on as a salaried employee

  • His excellent performance – both in the theoretical and practical parts of the course – has resulted in him being offered a permanent position at the company. Anton, however, is still waiting to hear from the immigration office. The company is doing everything in its power to help this talented young man get an open-ended residence permit.

    Anton Melnyk (2nd from right) received a prize for his excellent apprenticeship results from Berit Heintz, Head of the Training and Apprenticeship Department at the IHK Rostock (left), and Mr Klaus-Jürgen Strupp, President of the IHK Rostock (right), during a special awards ceremony.

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