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Scientifically proven resource efficiency

In its annual study “resources SAVED byrecycling”, the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT calculates the extent to which the environment has been helped by ALBA Group’s recycling services. In 2019 alone, this study showed that almost 6 million tonnes of resources were handled by closed-loop systems run by ALBA Group companies such as Interzero in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovenia, saving around 32.3 million tonnes of primary raw materials. The companies also saved almost 4.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Material flows included in Fraunhofer’s recycling study included metals, waste electrical equipment, paper/paperboard/cardboard, glass, lightweight packaging, plastics and wood.

  • 2019 Sustainability Magazine

    Managing raw materials in the loop – for a world without wastefulness. Because we have just this one. Interzero's sustainability magazine presents current success stories.

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"Recycling is an important building block for a sustainable society: it contributes to resource conservation and greenhouse gas savings and reduces economic dependence on imported raw materials. The study impressively shows what a major role companies like the ALBA Group have in this process."

Dr.-Ing. Markus Hiebel Department Director for Sustainability and Resource Management of the Fraunhofer Institute’s UMSICHT program


In 2019, the ALBA Group conserved 31.9 million tonnes of primary resources by recycling 6 million tonnes of raw materials.


The recycling activities of the ALBA Group reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 4.2 million tonnes in the past year.


The recycling of aluminium, copper, steal, stainless steel, lead, zinc and brass, saved 15 million tonnes of primary raw materials.


The company processed 1.5 million tonnes of paper, paperboard and cardboard, thus conserving 4.5 million tonnes of primary raw materials.


A total of 292,963 tonnes of used glass was recycled, which reduced the use of primary raw material by 603,503 tonnes.


The company recycled 957,946 tonnes of plastic, thereby conserving more than 3.8 million tonnes of primary raw materials.

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