Material management

As for waste, the different business sectors and the Group’s wide offering of products and services make effective waste management complex: waste is produced when products are prepared, but also when the service is rendered. Waste is also produced when food supplies are delivered on site with packaging that must be disposed of. Waste is produced when the service is delivered with the production of food residue and, sometimes, the use of disposable products. In any case, the correct approach to each of these steps represents another fundamental engagement in favor of the environment. In all the stores and business sectors, Autogrill Group has introduced waste differentiation.

Food & Beverage

HMSHost is committed to reducing waste (particularly in relation to the undifferentiated portion) by implementing waste collection and recycling systems in the back of the stores.
For instance, in the stores located at the Seattle-Tacoma international airport,thanks to a direct partnership with the airport facility management company, HMSHost developed a method to reduce the quantity of organic waste and paper brought to the landfill by using composting in the back of the store. All employees received training on how to manage waste. In addition to preventing compostable and recyclable waste from being brought to the landfill (including organic waste and paper), the store succeeded in registering a monthly saving on the costs for the collection of waste, won two prizes for sustainability launched by the Seattle airport and strengthened its collaboration with the landlord by contributing to the same landlord’s objective of eco-sustainability (recycling 50% of residential solid waste by 2015). A similar project was also developed for milk containers in Atlanta.

Again, with reference to collaborations with partners in Spain, the number of light bulbs that are returned to the supplier for correct recycling when spent is increasing.
At the European level (Belgium, Austria, France, Switzerland, Spain and Italy), a growing number of stores are committed to differentiating oil, plastics and paper and, where possible, also recycling plastic materials and glass bottles collected from consumers. Autogrill Italia collaborates with the main specialized waste management operators for the management of the service that collects waste from the stores located on the highways, which are not always covered by the municipal services. The agreement includes the collection of waste in a deferred way, meaning that waste is first collected from the store undifferentiated, except for paper and paperboard, and then brought to a selection-treatment plant, where it is separated. Compostable material is collected separately from other waste in only approximately twenty stores located on the highways.
In Italy, the “Destinazione Ambiente” project was continued, currently involving 13 stores on the highway network. The initiative was launched in 2009 thanks to a collaboration with Conai (Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi; Italian Packaging Consortium), Waste Italia and the Hera Group (Italy’s main waste management companies) and ID&A for the development of the equipment used. This project envisages the management of differentiated waste collection in the stores located on the highway.
In July 2011 a project called “Progetto Piazzale” was launched in thirty locations on the highway, defined in collaboration with Autostrade per l’Italia, according to which the entire space of the refilling station is directly managed and cleaned by Autogrill.

In 2010, the locations in France began involving customers proactively through the development — in partnership with Coca-Cola Company — of equipment to differentiate and collect PET bottles and cans in the store of Carrousel du Louvre. This equipment was then installed in 2011 and 2012 in another 20 locations. Moreover, the plastic material used for take-away packaging was eliminated.

Travel Retail & Duty-Free

In the Travel Retail segment waste is mainly derived from product packaging, so much so that Autogrill opened a round table with its commercial partners with the aim of reducing packaging, optimizing the consumption of paper/cardboard and the volume of packaging during transportation and in the warehouse.
The packaging used for the delivery of products to the stores in the UK is returned to the distribution center in order to allow for appropriate re-use and/or recycling. To date, the World Duty Free Group UK does not produce waste materials that are brought to the landfill thanks to its effective recovery, recycling and waste-to-energy programs.