Returning recyclable materials to the cycle

A large proportion of waste is separated into its individual components and processed into new raw materials. We separate up to 32 different types of material.

We provide our staff with training aimed at keeping the recycling rate high and increasing it further, if possible. Every store has its own specific disposal concept based on its format and location.
Our systematic approach to waste management currently results in a recycling rate of above 80 per cent.

Biogas from organic waste

While some of the food that can no longer be eaten and the leftovers from our restaurants are given to farmers for use as animal feed, the large majority of organic waste is converted into biogas by means of fermentation. Some of our lorries use biogas as a CO2-neutral fuel, and the digestate created during biogas production is used in agriculture as fresh compost and liquid fertilizer. Even spoiled packaged food can be separated from its packaging and recycled using state-of-the-art fermentation facilities.

The limits of selective collection

There is increasing political demand for greater numbers of different packaging materials to be collected and recycled separately. The division of work between retailers and municipalities that collect glass, aluminium, tin, Nespresso aluminium capsules, textiles, etc., is key to ensuring successful waste recycling in Switzerland. New ideas will be needed if larger numbers of waste materials are to be collected separately, such as a sorting facility for various plastics before they reach the refuse incineration plants.

We are working towards a higher recycling rate with the following partners:

Swiss Recycling: Swiss Recycling is the umbrella association of the recycling organizations.

The Ferro Recycling association: The Ferro Recycling association, of which Coop is a founding member, promotes the recycling of tin cans.

The Igora cooperative: The Igora cooperative promotes the recycling of aluminium packaging. Coop is part of the voluntary advance recycling contribution system.

Inobat: Inobat is responsible for the collection, administration and use of the advance disposal fee (VEG) for batteries.

Verein PRS PET-Recycling Schweiz: The PRS PET-Recycling Schweiz association is dedicated to the collection and recycling of PET bottles. Coop is a member of the managing committee.

Sens and Swico: Sens and Swico organize the recycling of electrical and electronic devices, as well as the disposal of home and office electronics and mobile phones.

Stiftung Licht Recycling Schweiz (SLRS): The SLRS light recycling foundation was created in order to process and finance the environmentally sound disposal of lights and works closely with Sens.

Vetro Swiss: Vetro Swiss has been commissioned by the federal government to collect and pass on the advance disposal fee (VEG) for glass beverage containers.

Tell-Tex: Tell-Tex GmbH is one of the biggest clothing collectors in Switzerland and has been providing reliable services with state-of-the-art technology for several decades.

Texaid: Texaid is the leading organization for the collection, sorting and recycling of used textiles in Switzerland.

Verein Recycling Papier + Karton: This association for paper and cardboard recycling promotes the efficient recycling of used paper and cardboard in Switzerland.


Biogas production by Axpo Kompogas

Energy thanks to recycling by our partner Humbel

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