Sending less waste to landfill sites
X5 aims to ensure that as much of the used materials as possible becomes a material for recycling, and as little as possible - garbage sent to a landfill. As an active supporter of sustainable resource use, X5 is committed to waste minimisation. This is achieved, among other things, through more accurate inventory planning, which includes big data-driven demand modelling along with more frequent product deliveries, better adaptation of the product mix to customer needs and smaller MOQs negotiated from suppliers as well as meeting all temperature requirements during transportation.
Packaging generated by stores and DCs
X5 recycles up to 100% of the plastic, cardboard, paper and other non-food waste generated by our stores. In 2019, we sent more than 590 million kg of waste for processing, including 370 million kg of cardboard, polyethylene and plastic boxes, as well as over 22 million kg of pallets. Used shopping trolleys and waste vegetable oil are also sent for recycling.
Special containers for separate collection of used paper and plastic bottle caps are available at retail chains' headquarters.
- The Company is committed to lean manufacturing, which enables it to minimise waste associated with the delivery of products from producers and DC-to-store transportation.
- All reusable Perekrestok containers, pallets and plastic boxes are returned to DCs.
Packaging generated by customers
X5 constantly reviews proposals from innovative vendors who compete for the opportunity to produce and supply environmentally friendly packaging for its stores. The Company teams up with R&D centres, manufacturers eco-friendly packaging, etc.
- X5 does not give out free plastic bags at checkout counters in its stores, which brings down the consumption of disposable packaging. In 2019, single-use plastic bags were bought only for every fourth purchase.
- Reusable bags and reusable bags for weighing fruits and vegetables are offered to customers as an alternative to disposable bags. Last year, Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel sold around 3 million reusable bags.
- Perekrestok stores in Central Russia moved to more eco-friendly branded grocery bags with 35% recycled plastic content. Perekrestok adjusted its business requirements for bags suppliers, making high recycled content a prerequisite.
- Pyaterochka stores in new concept as well as Perekrestok stores use shopping baskets made of recycled plastic. The use of recycled plastic is a prerequisite for Perekrestok's shopping baskets suppliers.
- X5 offers paper bags as an alternative to plastic ones and packing paper in its culinary section for packing ready-to-eat products.