Since 1 January 2019, when the German Packaging Act took force, manufacturers, distributors and retailers have been required to pay their share for recycling their packaging materials that end up in the German domestic waste management system. This is achieved through a mandatory licensing system. Practically speaking, this means that the annual amounts of packaging - measured in kilograms - used by these players are centrally registered. A packaging license is then granted for these amounts by the so-called dual systems- the companies that manage the recycling of German domestic waste. These dual systems then handle the further processes required to ensure the waste is managed in accordance with the requirements of the law.
Interseroh spun out its own dual system earlier this year. Called Interseroh+, it has now scored its first major success with the two sister discounters, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd, who had previously worked with Eko-Punkt, the dual system from Remondis.
The strategic partnership between Interseroh+ and the Aldi retailers is effector from January 2022.
“It makes us very proud that after in-depth research, Aldi has decided in favour of the model of our recycling alliance,” explains Markus Müller-Drexel, CEO of Interseroh+. “Both groups of companies have embarked on an exceptionally sustainable and ambitious packaging strategy, which we will be working on together with Aldi. The full service portfolio of Interseroh+ forms part of this strategic partnership.”
Interseroh+ strives not only to provide comprehensive support to its partners with the goal of achieving a sustainable packaging strategy. This support extends beyond ensuring that all legal requirements are complied with but also includes the strategic promotion of sustainable innovations. The aim is to develop a true recycling alliance in which numerous partners are involved, and thereby to achieve the true goal of the German Packaging Act.
“We can also offer the efficiency of a company which is integrated across the entire recycling chain and the joint further development of this system to other partners from the world of industry and the retail trade,”explained Frank Kurrat Managing Director of Sales (CSO) at Interseroh+. “The offering ranges from the optimisation of the packaging recyclability to the development of new formulations for plastic applications with the use of what are known as post-consumer recyclates.”