SPAR Hungary extends sustainability initiatives

April 3, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Environment, Responsible retailing

SPAR Hungary is consolidating its sustainability initiatives with the introduction of digital solutions to cut down paper consumption, the reduction of plastic film in logistics, and the instore collection of waste cooking oil.

SPAR cuts down paper use by 14 tonnes

SPAR Hungary has introduced digital solutions to reduce the paper-based administration required for the operation of its stores. One saving involves the elimination of paper-based cleaning logs and refrigeration control sheets. These measures will lead to a paper reduction of 14 tonnes in 2023.

SPAR Hungary’s online platform recently replaced printed delivery notes with digital ones, further cutting over 3 tonnes of paper annually.

SPAR Hungary reduces the use of plastic film

Through the introduction of reusable tarpaulins to cover shipments of products from the warehouse to stores via roll cages, SPAR Hungary will reduce the use of plastic film by over 59 tons per year. The stores collect the tarpaulins and return them to the warehouse to be used for the next delivery. The country organisation launched these tarpaulins at the end of December 2022.

Collection of waste cooking oil

SPAR Hungary has extended the number of waste cooking oil collection points at SPAR stores nationwide to 80. The SPAR country organisation first launched this household oils and grease recycling scheme in 2021. SPAR Hungary’s partner Biotrans Kft. arranges the transport, sedimentation, and heating of the oil and fats, which are then turned into fuel at a biodiesel plant.

Interactive maps help customers find the nearest SPAR store which has collection containers. The updated list of locations is available on SPAR Hungary’s sustainability website.

“Environmental awareness is an important principle for SPAR. With this aim, we strive to implement new solutions in almost all areas of our daily operations,” said Márk Maczelka, Head of Communications at SPAR Hungary.

Source: SPAR Hungary

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About SPAR Hungary

The first SPAR Supermarket opened in Hungary in 1992, following the acquisition by ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) of a majority stake in General Kereskedelmi Rt. Since its launch, SPAR Hungary has been actively involved in developing the country’s retail industry.

The licensing of independent retailers to operate the SPAR Brand in Hungary has proven successful. The retailers benefit from access to SPAR Own Brand products and expertise, while consumers enjoy the increased number of store locations. SPAR Hungary is one of the country’s largest employers, with nearly 18,000 team members. SPAR Hungary runs a network of over 610 company-owned and independently-run stores. The retailer’s online platform is available in Budapest and over 50 surrounding municipalities.