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  • Dear Readers!

    Everyone’s greatest wish at the moment is for life to return to normal. So let us take a look at the positive things that have happened. And there have been a great deal of them, many of which can be put down to the very good collaboration with you – our partners, friends and employees. As the year draws to a close, it is traditionally a time to take stock of the last twelve months and happily 2020 was not as bad as may have been expected considering the overall situation. At the same time, we can look ahead to 2021 with hope and optimism.

    One example is our return to the Dual System, the scheme in Germany for managing old sales packaging. Maybe some of you may remember when we withdrew our own Dual System, EKO-PUNKT, from the market in the summer of 2014 as it had become impossible to predict the legal and business risks at the time. But then the Packaging Law came into force – finally putting an end to the infinite number of amendments that were being made to the old Packaging Ordinance. Which means that the necessary framework conditions are now in place for us to return to the Dual System market. Following its first attempt (the acquisition of DSD which was unfortunately turned down by the monopolies commission), REMONDIS has now purchased RK, a Dual System that owns a full set of valid licences but, as yet, has no share of the market. Ideal conditions for us to play a role in this market again – something that is as natural for a recycling firm to do as it is for Father Christmas to wear a red hat. And so RK will become the new EKO-PUNKT Dual System. In the style of that famous film from the 80s, we’re going “Back to the future!”

    Christmas is also a time where we may traditionally make a wish. The European Commission and the German government wish to have so-called green steel, i.e. steel that is produced without fossil fuels and so emits as little CO2 as possible. Focus is being put here on “green hydrogen” as a potential climate-neutral source of energy. As with so many wishes, however, the first question is where should this green energy come from? And, above all, who should pay for it? Leaving aside the fact that there is as yet no official definition for green steel, the chances of there being sufficient supplies of green hydrogen available on the market any time soon would appear to be slim with the development towards renewable electricity generation moving so slowly. And yet, this sought-after green steel has been around for ages. It is produced from high quality scrap steel, over eight million tonnes of which is recovered and returned to production cycles by TSR using a process that is for the most part climate neutral – without having to consume land, without having to use additional resources and without having to needlessly transport material half way around the globe. Sounds almost like Christmas, but it’s true.

    Against the backdrop of all this good news, we would like to thank you all for the great collaboration work. May we take this opportunity to wish you a happy Christmas and all the very best for the coming year.

    Yours

    Thomas Conzendorf

A perfect combination of expertise

  • Aurubis and TSR are merging their cable recycling activities. Owning 60% of the shares in the new company, TSR shall be in charge of running its operations; Aurubis holds the remaining 40%. The new firm will unite TSR’s activities at its site in Gelsenkirchen and Aurubis’ business at its plant in Fehrbellin.

Recovering raw materials even more efficiently

The ultimate goal behind the merger of these operations is to mutually grow and further develop today’s recycling technologies and, by doing so, promote this field of recycling so that material cycles can be closed even more effectively in the future. TSR managing director Bernd Fleschenberg explained: “One of the main goals of the EU Commission’s Green Deal is to transform our linear economy into a circular economy. Our joint venture will make an important contribution towards driving forward the circular economy – and act as a role model for other material streams.”

From collection to recycling

  • Founded back in 1949, Aurubis’ subsidiary Cablo specialises in separating metal and plastics from each other. It produces a variety of metal granules, primarily from leftover material from cable manufacturers as well as from different types of old cables. TSR will bring a wealth of information to the table with its nationwide collection schemes, logistics and recycling know-how as will Aurubis, which has in-depth knowledge of both metallurgy and processing a wide range of recyclable raw materials

    • Norbert Rethmann, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the REMONDIS Group (right), visited the branch in Gelsenkirchen in September where he was shown the new cable processing line by Branch Manager Marc Werner

A centre of excellence for stripping & shredding cables

Before taking this last step, TSR began expanding its site in Gelsenkirchen in 2017 to create a cable recycling centre. Its cable processing line has been continuously improved and its throughput volumes increased over the last few years. Operations there have been run with two shifts since 2018. What’s more, a second processing line was added in the summer of 2020 and is currently being trialled. This line focuses on household cables and cables with plugs as well as shredded copper sourced from armatures made of copper and iron, small electric motors and composite materials. The company’s goal is for this new facility to handle around 19,000 tonnes a year.

AURUBIS AG

Aurubis AG is the world’s leading supplier of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recycling businesses. With approx. 7,400 employees, Aurubis processes complex metal concentrates, old metals and recyclable materials containing metal into a range of different metals. Operating plants in Europe and the USA, the company produces over one million tonnes of copper cathodes each year that can then be used to manufacture a variety of products made of copper and copper alloys. More information under aurubis.com

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