METRO customer Ivanka Сhervinska is delighted about this opportunity to hand in her waste directly at the wholesale store. More than 2 years ago, she decided to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle and to separate her waste properly, initially at the recycling centre 'Ukraine without waste'. 'At the beginning it felt a bit unfamiliar because I was in the habit of throwing everything into one container,' she says. 'Since METRO opened the recycling centre in the Poznyaky store, I have been going there regularly because I live nearby and using the waste collection point saves me a lot of time.' At the end of September 2020 METRO Ukraine opened the new recycling station in Odessa, where additionally a recycling expert helps the users to separate properly and explains to them what can and cannot be recycled. And if someone brings in waste that cannot be recycled - no problem: there is also a special container for non-recyclable materials that are either sent to a specialist company for incineration or to the landfill. The waste is then properly disposed of by METRO and its partner company Tarservice LLC.
Cooperation with Tarservice LLC
Tarservice LLC is a part of the 'STS-group' enterprise, which specialises in the collection of secondary raw materials - raw materials obtained by processing discarded materials - in the southeast of Ukraine. The company uses its own network of recycling stations. The company's main partners in this field are companies such as METRO, but also Ukrainian brewery companies such as Carlsberg Ukraine. Tarservice LLC takes care of the collection of recyclable materials from companies and shopping centres and transports the collected recyclable materials to production plants where they are sorted, pressed and recycled under strict conditions.
The cooperation of METRO Ukraine and Tarservice LLC includes not only the collection of secondary raw materials at METRO waste collection points, but also the training of METRO employees in the correct collection and separation of waste as well as the disposal of waste from the METRO stores themselves. Serhiy Korablev, Director of Tarservice LLC, explains the urgency and added value of the recycling stations: 'They enable us to use recyclable materials and teach the users of the stations the correct waste separation. According to the State Statistics Service, each Ukrainian citizen produces about 300 tons of waste. At the same time, 7% of the area of the country is covered by landfills: this is more than 43 thousand square kilometres, in other words, about the size of Denmark - this has to be contained.'