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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

Attention drawn by a slogan on the side of a lorry

  • At the beginning of the year, Nicola Hillebrandt noticed a slogan written on the side of one of REMONDIS’ refuse collection trucks. The mother of two young boys, it is a must to stand at the window every week – as soon as the truck can be heard – to watch the bins being emptied. REMONDIS had just had a new advertising slogan printed on the side of their vehicle to encourage local residents to place their bins next to each other on one side of the street and so make the collection process more environmentally friendly.

The whole neighbourhood has joined in

“What a simple but brilliant idea. It makes absolute sense to do this in our neighbourhood. The trucks don’t need to drive up and down the road twice, do three-point turns or keep stopping and starting as they travel from one bin to the next. And so I decided to get in touch with REMONDIS and they sent me the flyer for their “Come over here!” [Komm doch mal rüber!] campaign,” explained Nicola Hillebrandt. She discussed the project with her neighbours and within no time at all they set about implementing the “Come over here!” campaign.

“What a simple but brilliant idea.”

Nicola Hillebrandt from Billerbeck

A small contribution making a big impact

“The reaction has been great. Everyone puts their bin on one side of the street so they are all lined up one next to the other. REMONDIS’ drivers are able to empty the bins without having to manoeuvre their vehicles round tight corners or travel up and down the same road twice,” said Rita Robert, who also lives on the estate. We would like to encourage other neighbourhoods to join in this campaign. Simply talk to your neighbours and place two same-coloured bins in pairs next to each other, i.e. a yellow bin next to a yellow bin and a brown bin next to a brown bin. A small gesture – but one that really helps to make refuse collection services more environmentally friendly.

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