Disposal

Waste
Waste generation in kg per m2 of selling space
at METRO GROUP locations / recycling rate in %

Waste (bar chart and pie chart)

As a retail company, METRO GROUP is dependent on the long-term availability of resources. These raw materials are essential because they are required to produce and package the company’s products. For that reason, we closely address the source of the raw materials used in our products and packaging. At the end of a product’s useful life, we consider whether and how the raw materials used in it can be recycled or disposed of in the most environmentally friendly manner. The first component of this approach is the so-called avoidance strategy. Its aim is to prevent waste from being created in the first place. One way it accomplishes this goal is by optimally using resources in the manufacture of products and packaging. A second component involves resource recovery. Instead of throwing out products and packaging materials that are no longer needed, we repurpose and continue to use them. The third component of this approach – recycling – has commercial potential. For this reason, we are committed to promoting innovative manufacturing and recycling technologies and to thinking in terms of cycles. Since products and packaging find themselves in the hands of consumers when they reach the end of their useful lives, we consider it our duty to advise customers about disposal: at selected locations, we provide our customers with information about resources, encourage them to avoid waste and create incentives and opportunities for correct disposal. In this manner, we do our part to ensure that waste materials can once again be used as raw materials. Compared with the previous year, the amount of waste generated rose by nearly 5 kilograms per square metre of selling space. One reason for the increase is the growth of the delivery and online businesses at METRO Cash & Carry and Media-Saturn. The applicable key performance indicator rose based on the growth of the above businesses, while selling space either remained the same or even decreased.