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Waste Management

The Jerónimo Martins Group promotes the prevention, reduction and recycling of the waste generated, not only in its own activities, but also in those of its consumers.

We believe that raising employees and communities' awareness towards the prevention and minimization of waste generation practices, as well as its correct separation, has a positive impact that will contribute to its recovery and the saving of natural resources.



The Group provides recycling points in its stores. Within the projects carried out in 2016, we highlight the following:

  • Pingo Doce recycling points: 372 stores covered, which is 90% of the store network;
  • recovering coffee capsules and lids/corks/bottle tops: 3,500 euros generated, a value donated to charities;
  • recycling bins for the collection of small electrical appliances, fluorescent lamps and batteries: 97% of Biedronka stores;
  • reactivation of recycling bins for battery collection in Ara's store network is expected to happen in 2017, as consequence of the revision to the Colombian legal frameworks.


The Group invests in recycling the waste it produces, as well as that which is deposited by its customers.

In 2016, the Group redirected to recovery more than 83% of the waste produced. In total, the Group generated 419,979 tonnes of waste, representing an increase of 8% against the previous year. This evolution was due to the growth of the store network and the inclusion of the Group's agribusiness activities.

ECODESIGN of packaging

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

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

Since the project began in 2009, over 2,480 tonnes of materials per year have been spared and the emission of 475 tonnes 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.