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    Auchan, prepared for SGR: The retailer has already collected 32 million packages nationwide

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    Auchan Romania stores are ready for the start of the deposit refund system, a program that comes into force on November 30. The retailer, the first to enter the recycling era, offered customers the opportunity to bring used packaging for collection and recycling to specially arranged points equipped with automatic collection machines (RVM) as early as April of this year. Thus, to date, Auchan has already collected 32 million packages nationwide.

    Packaging with Guarantee symbol can be brought to all Auchan stores, and in parallel, Auchan continues bonus actions with 50 money per package for customers who bring packaging without the specific symbol, the amount being offered in the form of a voucher granted on the basis MyCLUB Auchan loyalty card. The collection system for plastic, metal and glass packaging is already available to customers in stores, with Auchan supporting them since April, when the retailer installed RVM (reverse vending machine) machines and offered vouchers worth 50 money for each package collected, through the MyCLUB Auchan loyalty card. This solution was implemented in time for as many citizens as possible to test and get used to such a system for the systematic recycling of beverage packaging.

    “Practically, the Deposit Refund System has been working for us for over 7 months thanks to a joint effort of all our teams, whom we thank in this way for the exemplary involvement they have shown, but also to Auchan customers, who have been particularly responsive in adopting a responsible consumption behavior. We are glad that they understood the importance of recycling, contributing to the start of the largest circular economy project in Romania. Thus, at the national level, we have already collected, to date, an impressive number of 32 million packages, investing over 16 million lei in the rewards offered for recycling, together with our partners. We congratulate RetuRO and all the associations involved in this essential step for the environment for all the work done and also the Ministry of the Environment for the extraordinary initiative. From now on, we count on the high level of responsibility of our customers, whom we encourage to recycle as much as possible”, said Corina Dospinoiu, Auchan Retail Romania Sustainability Director.

    With the start of the national program, the two types of packaging, with and without the Packaging with Guarantee symbol, can be received at the same collection points, but at different machines, in the following Auchan stores, regardless of where the products were originally purchased: Baia Mare, Brașov Coresi, Vitan, Roadul Taberei, Berceni, Cluj Iulius, Cluj Iris, Constanța Sud, Constanța Nord, Craiovița, Craiova Electroputere, Oradea, Pitesti Găvana, Târgu Mureș Nord, Târgu Mureș Sud, Timișoara Nord, Timișoara Iulius and Timișoara South, in specially arranged recycling points. For the packaging with the Packaging with Guarantee symbol, 50 money per package will be given, in the first phase, directly through the ticket issued by the machines and which can be used for shopping in any Auchan store (except stores in Petrom stations). As the products with the Packaging with Guarantee symbol enter the stores, the cash guarantee will be returned to customers, and in parallel, the campaigns with benefits through the MyCLUB Auchan loyalty card will continue for those who recycle packaging without the specific symbol, according to the information and regulations published by the merchant.

    A pioneer in recycling, Auchan is also the first retailer to introduce, in 2011, in some of its stores, RVM-type machines for the recovery of PETs, constantly carrying out social and economic responsibility actions over the years circular to protect the planet.

    About Auchan

    Auchan Romania has over 440 stores in its portfolio, including 33 hypermarkets, 8 supermarkets and 404 ultra-proximity MyAuchan stores, of which almost 400 are in Petrom stations, as well as the online store auchan.ro. With a turnover with taxes in 2022 of over 1.2 billion Euros, Auchan offers residents of the cities where its stores are present a modern, quality trade with the widest range of products and a responsible discount concept, with all the low prices, every day. Auchan Romania is certified Customers’ Friend and received the Customers’ Friend – Superior Excellence status, as well as the Top Employer certification in 2023.

    Auchan Romania carries out a series of important actions to promote social responsibility activities and integration of young people, as well as programs to protect the environment aimed at managing waste, saving resources, etc.

    Among the projects that the company carried out are the planting of 100,000 trees through the Mobilizatron project, the production of the film “Untamed Romania”, the first documentary about Romania’s nature, as well as the setting up of two medical support units for patients with non-critical forms of Covid- 19. Currently, Auchan has several active projects: Zero Waste (through which more than 16 million products were saved), the National Waste Oil Collection Program (through which it collected and recycled almost one million liters of oil), the Personal Sustainability, as well as many other actions aimed at helping the environment and society.

    Moreover, in the face of the great climate challenge, the company will integrate clear objectives in each segment of the business strategy, aimed at contributing to a more sustainable future, preserving the planet. The climate strategy, part of the #nuepreatarziu umbrella, will represent the cornerstone of the company project, with the retailer focusing on all 3 purposes: refrigeration equipment, energy, transport and products.

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