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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

Setting up a well-functioning circular economy

  • REMONDIS is a well-known name in Poland and has been helping the country to set up a well-functioning waste management and recycling sector since entering the Polish market in 1989 after the country changed its political course. A number of new milestones have been reached this year with the extension of the successful collaboration in the Poznań region and the acquisition of a company in the Łódź region.

Poznań contract extended

The public private partnership (PPP) between the company, the City of Poznań and eight neighbouring districts is to continue its successful work. REMONDIS has been awarded a new two-year contract that puts it in charge of five of the seven waste management districts and gives it a role in the consortium responsible for the sixth district. All in all, it will be managing residual waste from 400,000 households – a volume of around 170,000 tonnes per year. A strong relationship of trust has been built up between the waste management association GOAP and REMONDIS Sanitech Poznań over the last 28 years but this was not the only reason for them opting to work with REMONDIS. The investments that the company has made – and intends to make in the future – in state-of-the-art technology also played a crucial role. It currently operates, for example, 110 modern vehicles equipped with camera systems to ensure it can deliver a reliable service. Moreover, REMONDIS is also planning to continue to invest in safety, IT and digitisation.

Takeover in Łódź

In the meantime, REMONDIS has further strengthened its market position in the Łódź region by acquiring the firm, Sanator. Founded 20 years ago, Sanator focuses primarily on collecting waste in two districts north of Łódź, namely in Aleksandrów Łódzki and Głowno, which have a total of 36,000 local residents. “Our strategy has remained unchanged for years now. We wish to diversify our customer base and to offer them top quality services. Our fundamental principle here is to deploy standardised work processes – irrespective of whether we are serving a small town or the largest city in the region,” commented Leszek Pieszczek, a member of REMONDIS Polska’s board of directors.

REMONDIS Polska currently employs around 3,600 people. In 2019, it collected and treated over one million tonnes of waste from a whole range of different categories. In addition to this, it collected more than 680,000 tonnes of waste materials as part of logistics tender contracts. 670,000 tonnes of residual materials were treated in the company’s own plants and facilities.

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