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Inspiration & Education - Sustainable waste management

Individuals, companies and the society at large have a lot to gain from sustainable waste solutions that promote recycling. It provides the foundation for both more profitable and greener business. At this page we focus on the retail segment and we want to give you advice and inspiration about modern waste management.

Whether you are a shopkeeper in your own store, franchisee or new business manager for a larger chain, waste management and recycling is an important part of optimizing business profitability and efficiency; time, space and collection fees. Here we share our knowledge and show examples of how some retailers solve their waste management challenges.


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Case study: Hemköp Supermarket is the only food retailer in town

The local supermarket in the small town Vrigstad on the countryside in Sweden has been run by the Thor family since the 70s and is now the only food retailer in town. Magnus Thor is the store manager and heads a team of around ten employees. The store has grown over the years and so has the amount of waste.
Watch the video interview or read how Mr Thor deals with waste management in his store!


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Case study: ICA Supermarket handles 140 ton cardboard a year

Waste management and recycling at ICA Supermarket Olskroken in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a natural part of the day-to-day work of the store’s 60 members of staff. Every day, goods are delivered in boxes and it is big challenge to handle these volumes. Having compaction Equipment saves time, money and space.
Watch the video interview or read more about meeting the waste management challenge in a city supermarket!


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Case study: Gekås Superstore – the world’s largest department store of its kind

Gekås in Ullared is one of Sweden’s most popular and frequently visited places and it is thought to be the world’s largest department store of its kind. A department store with 4.8 million customers a year certainly generates a lot of waste and recyclables. Read the story how a fleet of balers and briquette presses keep the waste stream in check!


Guide for easy in-store waste management and recycling

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Download our new Guide for Retailers and Store Managers who want to streamline their waste management, optimize their store’s resources, and generate recycling revenue.


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From expensive waste to pure income

Most people know that incinerating waste is purely a cost. So this is something that you, as a grocery retailer, will want to reduce as much as possible. Unsorted waste goes straight to incineration plants via refuse collection companies that pay for incineration by the ton. These companies charge their customers even more in order to make a profit on the waste, but what many people are not aware of is that a significant proportion of the waste sent for incineration could in fact be recycled and provide a source of revenue.
Read more


Recycle. Reuse

How waste management is stealing your store’s resources

Unpacking goods is a natural part of day-to-day work for grocery retailers. So natural, in fact, that most people rarely think of all the time spent on packaging waste – waste that also takes up valuable space in already limited storage areas and results in significant transport costs. Time and resources that could have been better spent on “real” work out on the shop floor. Read more


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In-store waste management – a work environment issue

Most people, who work in a store, must handle various types of waste on a daily basis. Boxes and other corrugated cardboard wrappings make up the majority of waste within the retail and grocery sectors. Few people give thought to the fact that such work can result in occupational injury and even an increased safety risk for store staff, not to mention stress. In this article we look at issues relating to the work environment in the storage areas of stores and how these can be addressed. Read more