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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

Cottbus training centre breaks its own records

  • For yet another year in a row, LWG Lausitzer Wasser GmbH & Co. KG, a successful cooperation between the City of Cottbus and REMONDIS Aqua, has excelled itself – even in the area of apprenticeships. 21 talented young people began their apprenticeship there in September to become plant mechanics. They were also joined by a further apprentice training to become an electronics engineer for operating technology who should take over from an older colleague in 3 ½ years’ time.

  • have already completed their course at the training centre since LWG was founded in 1993

External companies rely on the quality of LWG’s courses

  • Marten Eger, technical managing director at LWG, is especially pleased to see the confidence that external companies have in their training programme. Three Brandenburg-based firms have decided to have LWG train their future specialist staff for the first time this year: Nuthe Wasser und Abwasser GmbH from Luckenwalde, Eurovia Verkehrsbau Union GmbH from Kolkwitz and Cottbuser Hochdruck GmbH. Versorgungsbetriebe Hoyerswerda GmbH, a business located in Saxony, is once again relying on LWG’s top quality training programme. “The popularity of our courses can primarily be put down to the training centre’s excellent reputation and the recommendations of the firms and associations among each other,” Reinhard Beer, commercial managing director at LWG, stressed during the official start to the new apprenticeship year. In fact, just four of the 22 new apprentices attending the training centre actually come from LWG. The centre’s tried and tested concept and the many prizes it has received have led to an ever growing number of external companies using LWG’s training centre for their own apprentices. LWG’s apprenticeship programme stands out thanks to its wide range of additional courses, such as its driving safety course and the apprentices’ participation in special seminars and excursions. What’s more, the company gives the participants the opportunity to gain extra skills during their apprenticeship, such as specialist driving licences or specialist qualifications.

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