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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

Protecting the environment – growing safety

  • Airports play an essential role in a country’s infrastructure. Passengers, however, very rarely get to see what happens behind the scenes. The system on the ground is like a well-oiled machine and all of the cogs must work together smoothly for the planes to be able to take off and land. And, of course, there are the important issues of having a reliable waste management system and environmental protection measures in place.

Major inspection every 5 years

  • It is inconceivable nowadays to operate an airport without a wastewater management system and separator units installed below the sealed surfaces. These systems need to be checked regularly to make sure that they are working properly and that they meet all water management requirements. The same is true, therefore, for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, which has to have its waste management infrastructure inspected every five years. This work was put out to tender in 2020 and the contract was awarded to REMONDIS AS-CONTROL GmbH. Three of the company’s certified inspectors travelled to the airport in August where they spent eight days checking 19 large-scale light liquid separators and four fat separators, all of which are located below ground.

A complex task

An extremely complex task. All of the containers, which together can hold up to 400,000 litres of liquid, had to be fully emptied and cleaned before the inspectors could assess their condition and carry out the necessary leak checks. “One of the more unusual challenges here was having to climb down the narrow, seven-metre-deep shafts and place the pipe stoppers in the inlets and outlets of the pipes which have a diameter of up to 60 centimetres,” explained Tim Uphues, branch manager of REMONDIS AS-CONTROL GmbH.

Not quite the same as other jobs

REMONDIS AS-CONTROL’s managing director Thomas Korba emphasised just how important this project has been as it is such a great reference for the company’s capabilities: “We carry out such inspections around 2,500 times a year which means it is part of our everyday work. This was a particularly unusual project, though, simply because of its size. Thanks to the enthusiasm and qualifications of our employees and our excellent technology, we were able to complete the project much earlier than planned.”

Built as a military air base in 1951, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is located near Hunsrück, approx. 125 kilometres (by road) west of Frankfurt am Main. It has been used for civil aviation since 1993. Currently the sixth-largest cargo airport in Germany, it has also made a name for itself over the last twenty years as being a central hub for low-cost passenger flights.

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