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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

The many positive properties of humus

  • The positive impact of humus is a subject that is becoming ever more important. It was established a long time ago that having high levels of humus in the soil was essential for nutrient content and consequently for the fertility of the land. The spotlight has now been turned on some other positive properties of humus as climate change makes itself felt. Organic fertilisers produced by recycling businesses play a major role here. A very good reason, therefore, for setting up a website to provide a single platform containing all the important facts about humus.

  • The role of humus as a carbon store

    The website, humus.de, has been online since October. It is a treasure trove of information for everyone wishing to learn more about this organic soil matter. Attractively designed, the website provides information about the positive effects humus has in the agricultural sector and its increasing importance as a means to curb climate change. The site, for example, takes a look at the role of humus as a carbon store that can trap carbon from the atmosphere and bind it in the soil – making it an important factor in the battle against climate change.

Keeping soils in the best possible condition

  • The ability of humus to store water is also relevant and one that is becoming ever more significant as the summers get drier and drier. Farms, in particular, need to maintain the quality of their soils. Deliberately building up the humus in their fields is a sustainable option. This is especially true for organic farms as the range of fertilisers they may use is limited.

    From helping farms to curbing climate change: the humus.de website highlights the importance of this organic soil matter.

    The website is not only targeted at agricultural, gardening and landscaping businesses but also at hobby gardeners and at people simply interested in learning more about the subject. The information ranges from facts and figures that are needed to get a general overview of the subject all the way through to those required to publish a scientific study. The website will be continuously extended and updated with the latest developments. New facts will be added as well as useful dates and details about changes made to fertiliser legislation. People wanting to find out more, should simply click on the page. It’s most certainly well worth a visit.

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