Efficient growth for a sustainable success

Through sustainable growth and a future-driven entrepreneurial approach, Duales System Holding intends to lastingly assure the success and the prospects of the entire group. This is one of the crucial elements of the sustainability strategy.

Comprehending waste as a resource

The developments and achievements of the dual system have helped to ensure that waste is progressively being comprehended as a valuable raw material. At the end of the 1980s, the focus was on disposal of the growing quantities of packaging. Today, they are increasingly being employed to create high-quality secondary raw materials, which can be used in numerous new products.

Thanks to investments in innovative sorting and treatment technologies, the quality of secondary raw materials has continually improved over recent years.

    Technical components like near-infrared separators, eddy-flow separators and metal separators nowadays rank among the standard equipment for modern-day sorting lines.

    By expanding its own recycling plants, Duales System Holding is making a contribution towards providing a wider choice of secondary raw materials for the business community. The production output at DSD's plants has risen steadily over recent years. Simultaneously, the plant's power consumption was reduced.

    New raw material sources

    Cost-efficient plastics recycling
    In the period under review, Duales System Holding succeeded in further downsizing the costs for recovery per ton of plastic waste. Compared to 1997, nowadays only about 5 percent of these costs are incurred for recovering plastic from the Yellow Sack and the Yellow Bin.

    DKR Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kreislaufwirtschaft und Rohstoffe mbH, owned by Duales System Holding, has set itself the goal of opening up new commercial and industrial sources of raw materials. One approach here is facility disposal for firms of all sectors and sizes. In 2013, 35 percent of the quantities marketed by DKR originated from sources other than the dual system, while the figure for 2014 was already 38 percent.

    Cost reductions coupled with rising ecological performance
    Thanks to capital investments and innovations, plus exposure to competition, the costs in the dual system have fallen significantly over recent years. Nowadays, each citizen in Germany pays only about 12 euros for the Yellow Sack or the Yellow Bin service.
    Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2013/2014 – Ökonomie

    sustainability report 2013/2014

    Economy Update 2013/2014

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