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Tackling Waste

We invest in preventing, minimising and recovering the waste generated, not only through our activities, but also by raising the awareness of our consumers.
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Waste Management

We believe in the positive impact of raising the awareness of our employees and the local population for adopting preventative practices and minimising waste – and for correctly separating it – which all helps towards its recovery and towards sparing natural resources.



We provide recycling points in our stores for our customers to use. In 2016, the following results are worth highlighting:

  • At Biedronka, 97% of the store network offers recycling points for the collection of small electrical appliances, fluorescent light bulbs and batteries.
  • At Pingo Doce, 90% of the store network provides at least one type of recycling point for waste collection. In these stores, you’ll find recycling points for batteries, light bulbs, used cooking oil and coffee pods, among others.
  • At Ara, recycling points for collecting batteries are planned to be reactivated in 2017, as a consequence of a revision of the Colombian legal framework.



We invest in the recovery of the waste we produce. In 2016, we sent around 83% of the waste produced for recovery. In total, we generated around 420 thousand tons of waste, an 8% increase compared to the previous year. This rise is due to the increase in the store network and to the inclusion of the Agribusiness.



Having an effective sustainability strategy implies changing internal practices but also encouraging our suppliers to adopt more responsible processes. We have been working together to improve the eco-efficiency profile of the packaging, aiming to:

  • reduce the environmental impact of the Private Brand packaging;
  • optimise the costs of production, transport and management of packaging waste.

Since the project began in 2009 and up to 2016, over 2.5 thousand tons of materials per year have been spared and the emission of 475 tons of CO2 on transport has been avoided.

In Poland, all the boxes for packaging fruit and vegetables are made of recycled cardboard with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.



In May 2016, in Poland, Hebe stopped giving plastic bags free of charge at the check-out, in order to encourage its customers to use less, thereby joining Biedronka, in Poland, and Pingo Doce and Recheio, in Portugal, in this practice;

In Portugal, we would highlight the campaigns in Pingo Doce and Recheio to raise awareness about used cooking oil and in Pingo Doce about the re-use of plastic bags at check-out.

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