In these uncertain times in particular, many employees are spending more time in their home offices, arranging a lunch or two to be delivered, placing orders online more frequently, and thus generating significantly more waste than on average in previous years. Disposable hygiene products, such as medical masks and gloves, also contributed to greater waste volumes in 2020: Due to the many pandemic-related changes, the amount of plastic waste from private households in Germany exceeded the average by around 10 percent, according to a major German recycling company.
Unfortunately, it is often forgotten how much time and effort is involved in sorting and properly processing recyclables. Therefore, it is time to take a look at the hidden heroes of everyday life: Because, relentlessly, the roughly 11,000 German waste management companies with well over 310,000 employees ensure that we are allowed to live in orderly conditions: Working for us day and night, they literally keep things running smoothly and play a key role in society.
One of these important cogs in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is the company Lohmann Entsorgung, which takes care of the processing of various types of waste, the professional recycling of electronics, but also the disposal of hazardous materials, such as acids and chemicals. With their in-house container service and a fleet of 80 trucks, the family-owned company, founded in 1950, focuses on for their industrial clients. They also operate a recycling center for residential customers on their premises: "During the pandemic, we also observed that many citizens increasingly used their extra time for renovation work or cleared out their basements due to reduced working hours. The increase in waste from private households was quite impressive last year," reports Johannes Lohmann Jr., son of the managing director, with whom now already the 4th generation has joined the family business.
Given that Lohmann constantly has to process large quantities of waste from private households and the surrounding industry, the drivers of the in particular spend long shifts in their machines. For this reason, the family-owned company attaches great importance to comfort inside the cab, which is ensured by the easy to use controls and the convenient seat: "Our operators repeatedly emphasize that the SENNEBOGEN material handlers perform extremely well, with their stability, viewing height and reach, especially when unloading containers. They feel safe all around."
These machines are put to heavy use in the company, which explains Lohmann's clear focus on their reliability. Moreover, the North Rhine-Westphalians emphasize within their corporate philosophy their role as a recycling company and their responsibility towards the environment and society: "For us, waste disposal is active environmental protection," the policy states. This is why the company decided exclusively in favor of the reliable, fuel-saving and , according to Johannes Lohmann's final conclusion.