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Municipal Efficiency with Help from Private Enterprise


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How can municipalities and commercial waste companies work together in an optimal way? Is there a trend to give power back to local waste authorities? How will the costs and efficiency of waste collection and resource recovery turn out in the future? These questions are at the core of a panel discussion at the upcoming 'waste to energy+recycling'. The international exhibition and conference is held on February 19 to 20, 2013 for the 7th time in the Bremen Exhibition Centre, again under the patronage of the German Environment Ministry.

On February 20, 09:30-10:30 hrs, four industry experts discuss the future of waste management and recycling: Dr. Thomas Grommes, managing director of the GML municipal waste corporation Ludwigshafen; Hans-Dieter Wilcken, managing director of commercial waste corporation Nehlsen; Reinhard Kohl, general manager and sales director of E.ON Energy from Waste; and Dr. Holger Thärichen, head of waste management for the association of municipal companies. There will be simultaneous translation into English for this discussion (and for several others on both days).

'The new waste law and the changing market conditions are the drivers for municipal companies to respond to the necessary changes', says Dr. Thomas Grommes, who has been at the helm of GML since mid 2010. 'This calls for an emphasis on cooperation in the future in order to explore synergies. This is the only way to meet the demands of resource protection and efficiency in a circular loop economy.' Asked who does it better, municipal or private enterprise, Dr. Grommes answers: 'Both have their strengths and weaknesses. One has to judge in each case who offers the best solution with regards to best possible waste treatment and lowest cost.'

'The term municipal efficiency may sound like a contradiction in the ears of commercial waste companies, but GML is one example for the goal-oriented and amiable collaboration of waste authorities and private enterprise', says Dr. Ines Freesen, managing director of Freesen & Partner GmbH, the organiser of 'waste to energy+recycling'. 'The panel discussion aims to show stakeholders that more can be done together for sustainable waste management.'

The GML Abfallwirtschaftsgesellschaft mbH is a municipal corporation fully owned by nine local authorities with some 800,000 citizens. GML operates the waste-to-energy plant in Ludwigshafen and the bio compositing facility in Gruenstadt. While GML maintains the supervision and control of its activities in order to guarantee public service and safe waste disposal, it has been successfully working together with several commercial partners.

About the exhibition:
The 'waste to energy+recycling' is held on February 19 to 20, 2013, together with the CLEAN GAS AND COAL on the Bremen fairgrounds. The joint motto of the combined exhibition and conference is security of supply with energy and raw materials. The conference programme gives an overview of what is technologically feasible and also gives room for critical discourse. In 2013, a special focus of the internationally recognised event is on the growth markets Great Britain, Poland and Turkey. The exhibition features technology vendors and know-how providers from Germany and abroad. Simultaneous translation into English is offered for several sessions.

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Press contact Organiser:
Dr. Ines Freesen, Freesen & Partner GmbH
Schwalbennest 7a, 46519 Alpen, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 2802 - 94 84 840
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