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Following the latest developments on the market, EKO-PUNKT GmbH has taken the decision to extend its field of business to include brokerage activities covering all packaging and product take-back systems and to cease its dual system operations run in accordance with the 'VerpackV' (Packaging Ordinance) on 31.12.2014. EKO-PUNKT is, therefore, responding to the further dramatic fall in the volumes of licensed sales packaging and the failure of the dual system operators to agree on effective countermeasures to stabilise the system.
To further clarify the reasons behind its decision, the company pointed to the latest resolutions of the 'Gemeinsame Stelle' (clearing house). In order to escape the current catch 22 situation, each party was invited to write down their requirements for potential solutions. These individual requirements, however, are so mutually opposed that, despite months of trying, EKO-PUNKT believes it will be impossible for the parties to agree on a business concept that will create a sustainable and realistic solution for the continuance of the 'dual system'. EKO-PUNKT deeply regrets having to take this step.
The legislator is in favour of a system that would be implemented by nine competing 'dual system' companies and call for voluntary commitment from the economy. Such a system presupposes a high level of willingness on the part of all parties to fulfil their obligations and demonstrate solidarity. The relationship within the 'dual system' is, however, characterised by discord and mutual distrust. Looking at the results of the joint meetings of the 'dual system' businesses, it has become clear that this status quo is unlikely to change.
EKO-PUNKT is unable to identify with the image being conveyed to the public.
Instead, EKO-PUNKT is to extend its field of business and offer its current and future customers a range of take-back solutions for all types of packaging based on Section 11 of the Packaging Ordinance (commissioning of third parties). Thanks to its extensive experience of the market, EKO-PUNKT is in a position to find the most suitable and cost-effective solutions for their customers' sales, transport and commercial packaging. Its services will also enable it to offer and implement all the options listed in the future 7th amendment to the Packaging Ordinance. To achieve this, EKO-PUNKT will be able to use the national presence and capabilities of the REMONDIS Group.
REMONDIS is one of the world's largest privately owned water and recycling companies and provides services to around 30 million people. Via its branches and associated companies, REMONDIS operates in 24 countries in Europe as well as in China, India, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Australia and other countries across four continents. Founded in 1934, this family-run business has a workforce of approx. 30,500 employees and an annual turnover of 6.8 billion euros (2012). REMONDIS focuses on developing partnerships to implement novel and forward-looking concepts and ideas in order to help conserve our raw material and water supplies for future generations.
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