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SPAR Denmark sponsors environmental organisation and waste collection tours

June 4, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: Community, Environment, Responsible retailing

For the second year in a row, SPAR Denmark is the main sponsor of Ren Natur (Clean Nature), a national environmental organisation. Ren Natur has three key missions: facilitating waste collection in local communities, supporting local charities, and boosting environmental protection. In 2019, Ren Natur collected 23 tonnes of waste, of which SPAR helped collect over 10 tonnes.

This year, even more local associations have signed up for the waste collection tours organised by Ren Natur than last year.

Organisations that sign up receive waste collection equipment free of charge. They also receive a voucher for DKK 3,000 (about €400), which they can donate to a local charity or put towards something else of their choosing, such as a social event or new sports equipment.

Volunteers can register to participate in one of the 435 waste collection tours in their neighbourhood via Ren Natur.

The project is organised nationwide but carried out through local operations. The collection tours run from April to October. Since SPAR Denmark is one of the three main sponsors, the route often starts, finishes, or passes by a SPAR store.

Of course, SPAR Denmark considers COVID-19 guidelines during the collection tours. Until 8 June, a maximum of 10 volunteers can come together, but they must maintain at least one-metre distance from each other. The local associations that have been assigned a route are sending out guidelines to participants that they must follow.

Richo Boss, CEO of SPAR Denmark, is delighted that SPAR can contribute to environmental protection through the Ren Natur project: “By collecting local waste, we positively contribute to the environment exactly where we want to. We can also make a difference in the neighbourhoods of our SPAR customers. Our SPAR retailers are already very active in supporting local associations and sports clubs. So, in every way, this is a great project.”

“Both personally and on behalf of SPAR, I hope that our retailers, together with the Ren Natur project, can contribute to raising awareness of the problems surrounding waste, whilst also helping to strengthen both local responsibility and motivation to better preserve our environment. In addition, the waste collection tours bring people together locally and contribute to an increased community feeling”, Richo Boss said.

Source: SPAR Denmark

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About SPAR Denmark

SPAR Denmark was founded in 1954 when Danish retail company, Dagrofa, was granted a licence to operate the brand in the market. In 2013, the NorgesGruppen purchase of 49% of the Dagrofa Group was approved. This led to a major restructuring of the retail business, with a focus placed on strengthening the SPAR Brand in Denmark.

SPAR Denmark has more than 130 supermarkets spread across the country, positioning itself as the largest independent retail chain in the market. Its headquarters are located in Ringsted.