I remember about 10 or 11 years ago I set foot in the Montrealweg in Rotterdam Botlek, back then it was still number 100. I remember it well, after all, it was only 10 or 11 years ago.
I was visiting my mother recently and we were talking about one of our family holidays in Königswinter in Germany, more than 50 years ago. I still remembered it well. A lot has changed in those 50 years. My father had a Renault 4 delivery van, you might remember them, with a hatch above the rear doors, very thin seats and a gear stick coming from the dashboard. Well, dashboard, a speedometer with a fuel and temperature gauge.
Yes, a lot has changed since then. Petrol and diesel cars are slowly being replaced by hybrid and fully electric cars and these are assessed on their CO2 emissions. My father would no longer be able to drive into the city with that little Renault. Rubbish bins have been replaced by wheely bins or an underground waste container.
The baker or the milkman no longer deliver. Oh well, you can't pay them in old money anyway. Yes, a lot has changed. By the way, those delivery vans were way ahead of their time and could have easily delivered within the so-called environmental zones. Delivery is now done through major courier services and your order can even be tracked online. With the arrival of the computer, internet and smartphone, changes are happening much faster and we are only at the beginning.
Go figure: how long have we actually had a smartphone when you look back 50 years. You have to go with the times, whether you want to or not. If it weren't for the fact that almost no-one has a normal phone anymore and phone boxes have disappeared. In short, a lot of changes, also in recent years at A&M Recycling.
"For us, the recycling industry is one of the most important pillars of the circular economy," as was repeated time and again by high-level representatives of DG Environment and DG Grow, the European Ministries of Environment and Economic Affairs, and the MEPs. 'Design for Reuse/Recycling' and the optimisation of the conditions for the recycling industry were cited as important steps in achieving a circular economy.
Design for Reuse, circular economy and then there is Cradle to Cradle, Carbon Footprint, CSR, chain liability and WEEELABEX.
Goodness, a lot has changed in these past few years. You could google what it all entails, or you could ask the A&M Recycling Group knowledge centre: In2Waste.
You will a receive personal explanation and advice about what it might mean for you. This personal explanation and advice are things that have not changed at A&M Recycling.