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Drugstore DM takes back empty plastic bottles

DM testet mit einem Pilotprojekt in 150 Filialen das Umweltbewusstsein seiner Kunden.


Since October, customers in around 150 of the drugstore chain DM's 2,000 stores have been able to return their empty, non-deposit plastic bottles, such as shampoo or detergent bottles, to DM. During the one-year project phase in the Karlsruhe and Munich areas, DM wants to find out how much people are willing to do this. A similar project was recently launched in Austria. Up to now, such packaging has been collected in the yellow bag or the yellow bin. For DM, the take-back offered an opportunity to obtain additional material from which to produce new high-quality packaging, is said. With logistics already in place, the returned bottles are transported to a local recycler, where they are processed into recyclate and then remanufactured by a bottle manufacturer into plastic bottles for DM's own brands. By 2025, the company says it aims to have at least 50 percent recyclate in 90 percent of the chain's packaging for non-food products.



  • (10/5/2021)
  • Photo: © dm-drogerie markt

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