From waste to recyclable material
We at PreZero have dedicated ourselves to one goal: closing loops. We have taken a huge step towards this goal by building the disposal and recycling business unit PreZero within the Schwarz Group, establishing our own dual system and integrating a recyclate producer. Thus, packaging can be licensed by the dual system, be collected from consumers by our own disposal company PreZero and, owing to our company’s sorting facilities, be separated into the different fractions. We can then produce recyclates from these sorted bales of recyclable material, which will flow back into production.
Optimize streams of recyclables
Our experts at PreZero analyze streams of recyclables in companies. The first question to ask is which recyclables are generated in which quantities / volumes and in which locations. The analysis results can be used to derive ideal locations for waste containers – and suggestions on how to best separate the waste.
The next step is to prepare the sorted recyclables for efficient transport. This is done using baling press machines that our parent company GreenCycle developed specially for this purpose. Cardboard, plastic films and PET bottles, too, are formed into bales with the press machines in order to make optimum use of the truck loading areas. This leads to both reduced transportation costs and decreasing environmental impact caused by superfluous freight traffic. For instance, after pressing, 400,000 PET bottles fit on a single truck.
Disposal and Recycling
PreZero takes care of organizing the collection of recyclables with their own capacities and, where we are not yet active, with the help of a comprehensive network of small and medium-sized waste disposal partners.
At the same time, PreZero ensures that the separated, pressed and collected recyclables are sold at the best price to companies that reprocess these materials and use them to manufacture new products. For plastics, these are even reprocessed into new raw materials by our own recyclate producers in Austria and Italy.
In addition, PreZero also offers customers the service of setting up a closed recycling system: This means that a company's waste returns to it in the form of a recycled product. For Lidl, GreenCycle ensures, for instance, that the paper and plastic waste from stores is reprocessed into copy paper and foil bags which the stores can then reuse as consumable supplies.
From internal disposer to international player
- Success story
- Further growth
Sustainability is in our DNA
PreZero has its roots in our mother company, the GreenCycle Stiftung. Since the mid-2000s, Lidl has been pursuing the goal of recycling the high volumes of cardboard, paper and plastic that accumulate in stores and warehouses. As recycling has gained in importance and new possibilities have opened up, the Schwarz Group outsourced this field of activity to its own company: The GreenCycle was founded.
Preserving resources and the environment is our primary objective
GreenCycle has grown rapidly owing to its economic success and the desire for greater protection of resources and the environment. Responsibility expanded from Lidl to Kaufland and eventually GreenCycle started rendering these services to other companies as well. This waste and recycling management business has been operating under the PreZero brand since 2018.
Next steps towards a sustainable future
In 2018, Tönsmeier, the 5th largest waste disposal company in Germany and Poland, was acquired and merged into PreZero to provide its own operational capacities in disposal, sorting and processing ever since. Owing to Kaufland’s and Lidl’s worldwide presence, PreZero has extensive experience in numerous international waste disposal markets and systems. This, in combination with broad know-how and a well-established partner network, makes PreZero one of the few international providers of waste and recycling management from a single source. Which is not limited to Europe: In addition to Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium, PreZero is also particularly active in the USA in the field of plastic recycling and bio-waste management. With its office in Hong Kong, GreenCycle is also present in one of the growth markets for environmental and waste management.