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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

Military bases on every continent

From Ramstein, to Incirlik, to Okinawa: U.S. military bases can be found on every continent and each and every one of them expects their waste management services to be sustainable, environmentally sound and of the highest quality. REMONDIS Industrie Service helps to make sure that these expectations are met. A responsible task that requires both comprehensive expertise and in-depth knowledge of logistics processes.

A wide range of wastes

REMONDIS Industrie Service has been working as a partner to the U.S. troops for many years now, managing the hazardous waste at their military bases in many regions of the world. The waste materials that they handle there are no different to the materials REMONDIS Industrie Service manages in the civilian world. These range from typical workshop waste (such as engine coolant, solvents and oil-contaminated materials), to gas cylinders, batteries, lye and acids, all the way through to medical waste from the military hospitals. The only substances that they do not deal with are warfare agents, explosives and ammunition.

Top quality recycling and waste management

Their central client here is the Defense Logistics Agency, a Department of Defense Agency that supports all U.S. combat forces – from the Navy, to the Air Force and Army, to the Marine Corps. This agency provides the divisions located around the world with the products they need and manages around five million items. The Defense Logistics Agency is also in charge of organizing waste management at the military bases and ensuring that the systems used comply with the national regulations of the countries in which the units are located. If the local environmental laws are less stringent than the standard guidelines in the USA, then the higher U.S. standards apply. This means that the sustainable hierarchy of ‘reuse, recycling and environmentally sound disposal’ governs every U.S. base, no matter where in the world it may be.

When needed, REMONDIS can also manage the dismantling of decommissioned bases as well as old military facilities.

The Defense Logistics Agency has a global network of waste management providers, including REMONDIS Industrie Service, to ensure this work is executed according to their wishes. The demands on the network partners are high. They must, for example, have a special license to perform these tasks, which must be renewed on a regular basis. Above all, they must have extensive expertise in handling a whole range of different wastes as well as different classes of dangerous goods.

  • REMONDIS Industrie Service has already worked for U.S. troops and multinational associations in Asia, Africa, Europe and Eurasia.

Local solutions with international logistics

To date, REMONDIS Industrie Service has worked in a total of 13 countries, including areas of conflict, on behalf of the U.S. military as well as for multinational troops such as ISAF and KFOR. These hazmat specialists draw up a bespoke package of services for each individual military project that covers the whole chain of processes – from sample taking and chemical analyses, to sorting, packaging and transport, all the way through to the treatment, recycling and/or disposal of the materials in the company’s own facilities. REMONDIS Industrie Service has set up a complex logistics network to transport the materials – in most cases this involves crossing at least one if not more borders. Taking all ADR and IMDG regulations into account, it arranges for the freight to reach its destination by road, rail and sea. It is also responsible for making sure it has all the documents, notifications and permits that may be needed. Moreover, REMONDIS Industrie Service handles communications with all competent authorities in the country the materials are being shipped from, in the destination country as well as in the transit countries.

Experts for military waste management

REMONDIS Industrie Service has its own Military Service division that is based in the German town of Herne. This coordination center is dedicated entirely to the company’s military clients. Besides the U.S. projects, this center also supports the teams delivering services to other troops, such as the German, Austrian, Canadian and Swiss armed forces. The demand for highly professional services in the area of military hazardous waste management is growing, as climate action and environmental protection become ever more important. The Defense Logistics Agency awarded waste management contracts for Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain to REMONDIS Industrie Service earlier this year as they were found to be the best value. Frank Kampmann from REMONDIS Industrie Service’s international sales department commented: “We not only see this as confirmation of our work but also as an incentive to step up our efforts for the future.”

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