Sorting and recycling store waste
The main sources of waste generated by stores are cardboard, plastic, paper and organic waste. The Group aims to reduce waste and increase recycling rates by helping to develop and sustain local recycling networks. In 2016, Group stores recycled more than 216,737 tonnes of waste, including cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, wood, scrap metal and organic waste.
The recycling of 155,132 tonnes of cardboard has saved the equivalent of 6,205 tonnes of CO2, and that of 11,731 tonnes of plastic roughly 26,863 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The waste recovery rate increased by 2 percentage points between 2015 and 2016.
In France, stores and warehouses sorted more than 128,890 tonnes of waste for recycling by accredited service providers.
In Brazil, 553 GPA stores (Multi Varejo) sort cardboard and 279 sort organic waste for composting. In 30 stores, sorting has been expanded to other materials such as glass and some plastics to improve the overall store recovery rate.
The Assaí banner has produced and distributed a video to raise awareness and inform its employees about the right gestures to adopt.
In Colombia, Éxito has strengthened its waste management policy by appointing environment representatives at stores. They are responsible for raising employee and customer awareness. As a result, Éxito recovered over 33,610 tonnes of operational waste.
Collecting used products in stores for recycling by qualified companies
To promote the emergence of a circular economy through the use of used products as raw materials, the Casino Group provides in store collection points where its customers can return their used products for recycling. In 2016, consumers returned 330 tonnes of batteries, 84 tonnes of bulbs, 2,435 tonnes of electrical and electronic waste, 10 tonnes of ink cartridges and 5,352 tonnes of cardboard, which were then given to accredited service providers for recycling.
In France, Casino stores collected 186 tonnes of used batteries, 41 tonnes of light bulbs, 10 tonnes of printer consumables (ink cartridges), and 210 tonnes of electrical and electronic waste.
Monoprix stores collected 93 tonnes of batteries, 28 tonnes of light bulbs and 6 tonnes of WEEE, and Cdiscount 2,148 tonnes of WEEE.
Outside France, Pão de Açúcar, Extra and Assaí recycled more than 13,170 tonnes of consumer returns (cardboard, glass, steel, aluminium and plastic) after setting up collection points at store entrances. Éxito and Carulla also provide collection points for used batteries, electrical and electronic devices and out-of-date medicines.
Libertad provides in-store collection points for glass, certain types of packaging and used motor oil in partnership with local recycling companies.