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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 solution for non-recyclable wastes

  • Using cutting-edge technologies and developing pioneering solutions, REMEX’s ultimate goal is to recover as many materials as possible so they can be reused. However, not all types of mineral waste can be recycled. Which is why REMEX also offers sites where non-recyclable substances can be deposited. For example, at its Haus Forst landfill in Kerpen – a facility that guarantees a reliable service without having to encroach onto new land.

A large catchment area

The Kerpen landfill, whose first section officially began operations in April, offers a reliable location for businesses wishing to deposit volumes of waste with low levels of contamination. Such materials include non-recyclable construction waste, earth, slag and roadwork waste containing tar. The site’s catchment area covers a number of regions including Cologne, Bonn, Leverkusen, Aachen and neighbouring districts.

  • The amount of landfill space created by REMEX in Kerpen

A piggyback landfill

As with all the landfills operated by REMEX, Haus Forst has been a long-term project that has involved meticulously planned, carefully implemented and officially approved engineering work. One interesting technical fact about this location is that it is a “landfill on a landfill” – as the site is not new. The Haus Forst landfill has been around since the 70s and used to be run as a category II landfill accepting municipal waste from a variety of regions, including the Rhine-Erft district. The active sections of the landfill had to be closed down in 2005, however, after a law came into force banning the landfilling of municipal waste that had not been pretreated. At this point, just half of the volume approved for the landfill (8.2m cubic metres) had actually been filled.

Construction, commercial and industrial firms will all be able to benefit from Haus Forst’s reliable landfilling services for many years.

The most can now be made of the remaining volume thanks to this newly approved category I landfill. A bi-functional intermediate seal liner has been installed where the old and new sections of the landfill meet. On the one hand, it seals the surface of the old landfill and, on the other, seals the base of the new landfill.

Expected to remain open until 2049

By enabling an old landfill site to be recommissioned, REMEX has succeeded in providing a safe place where old materials can be deposited without having to use new, unspoiled land. All in all, REMEX’s new landfill in Kerpen has the capacity to hold around 4.4 million cubic metres of material. With approx. 250,000 tonnes being delivered to the site each year, it can expect to remain open until 2049.

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