The Schwarz Group develops systems for collection, sorting and recycling in all the countries in which it operates.

It researches, optimizes and expands local return and distribution facilities to keep existing plastic within the closed-loop recycling circle.

We collect, sort and recycle plastics to close the loop.


Every bottle that passes through a Schwarz Group deposit machine in Germany is then sent to be recycled. If someone throws a PET bottle of water or lemonade in a deposit machine, they support the group’s unique recycling loop, as these bottles will be used to produce new ones. Lidl brand mineral water and soft drink bottles are already manufactured from on average more than 50% recycled PET material – and some products are 100% recycled plastic.


Three-quarters of the approximately 2.2 million tons of waste generated by the Schwarz Group each year can be reused. To reap the full ecological and economic benefits of these reusable materials, GreenCycle, as an internal recycling manager, developed uniform collection stations for the group’s stores, warehouses and offices. The project was initiated as part of the Respect Recyclables campaign. 

Plastic wrap undergoes a similar cycle as recycled bottles. If plastic waste cannot be recycled, the Schwarz Group finds a way to downcycle. Benches for internal company use, for example, are manufactured from plastic waste.

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