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TOMRA Recycling’s Innovative Office: Shaping Future Workplaces

 Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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TOMRA Recycling's Innovative Office: Shaping Future Workplaces

As a testament to the ideals and aspirations driving the company forward, the latest addition to TOMRA Recycling’s infrastructure stands tall, embodying its core principles. The unveiling of their new office space comes on the heels of establishing a cutting-edge test center in Mülheim-Kärlich just last year.

As the foremost innovator in sensor-based sorting technology for recycling, TOMRA Recycling embarked on an ambitious 1.5-year construction venture to expand their office facilities. This expansion was imperative to accommodate the company’s exponential growth trajectory, which shows no signs of abating. The workforce has doubled since 2019, a clear indication of the surging demand in the recycling market and the heightened importance of efficient sorting systems due to evolving regulations.

TOMRA Recycling, part of the Norwegian parent company TOMRA, is positioning itself as a top employer; with 4.5 stars on Germany’s leading job evaluation platform Kununu, the company is among the best rated in the entire country.

Open and communicative: The interiors reflect the corporate spirit

The recently erected 5-story structure, claiming the title of the area’s tallest edifice, commands attention not only for its striking contemporary facade but also for its interior design ethos, mirroring TOMRA Recycling’s progressive corporate culture. Within its walls lies an expansive open-plan layout, symbolizing the company’s commitment to collaboration and transparency.

Distinct departments are delineated by designated zones while maintaining interconnectedness, fostering seamless communication and interaction throughout the organization. Interspersed among these departments are secluded spaces totaling approximately 250m², intended for meetings and brainstorming sessions, providing an environment conducive to innovation and collective problem-solving.

This expansion has yielded 170 fresh individual workspaces, catering to the burgeoning workforce and underscoring TOMRA Recycling’s dedication to fostering a dynamic and inclusive work environment.

“It was important for us to reflect our open and flexible way of working in the new office. The culture here at TOMRA Recycling is informal, everyone is on an equal footing, everyone is approachable. This was taken into account when planning our new space. I’m really happy with the outcome.” says Dr. Volker Rehrmann, EVP, Head of TOMRA Recycling.

The employees located at the Mülheim-Kärlich site, more than 500 out of over 1000 located worldwide, enjoy flexible and modern working practices. New Work is not just a buzzword at TOMRA, it has been put into practice for years through a high level of trust in each employee and remote working is an integral part of this.

Adjacent to the newly constructed edifice lies the parking garage, upgraded in 2023 to incorporate a sizable photovoltaic array and 40 electric vehicle charging stations, offered to employees at no cost.

With the advent of stricter recycling protocols, evolving political mandates, and a heightened global consciousness regarding environmental sustainability, TOMRA Recycling anticipates sustained robust expansion in the future.

TOMRA Recycling Sorting 
TOMRA Recycling Sorting designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industry to transform resource recovery and create value in waste.

The company was the first to develop advanced waste and metals sorting applications using high capacity near infrared (NIR) technology to extract the most value from resources and keep materials in a loop of use and reuse. To date, around 10,000 systems have been installed in 100 countries worldwide.

TOMRA Recycling is a division of TOMRA Group. TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with the design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today, TOMRA is leading the resource revolution to transform how the planet’s resources are obtained, used and reused to enable a world without waste. The company’s other business divisions are TOMRA Food and TOMRA Collection.

TOMRA has approximately 105,000 installations in over 100 markets worldwide and had total revenues of about 12 billion NOK in 2022. The Group employs 5,000 globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The company headquarters are in Asker, Norway.

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