Self-service Detergents in Large Retail in Piemonte

Project information

Index: 0694R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location ITALY NORD-OVEST Piemonte Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2005

Topic of the practice

Waste prevention: Packaging/ Plastic packaging (HDPE bottles) and paperboard

Good Practice Information

To reduce packaging waste production coming from the purchase and use of detergents through the diffusion of the sale of on-tap detergents in retail chains in Piemonte making use of reusable bottles.The project addressed the bulk sale of detergents such as dish-washing liquids, fabric conditioners, laundry liquids, and all- purpose cleaners.
No quantity reduction objectives were set,but spreading
diffusion objective of detergents sale in bulk all over the regional territory.
Changing habits of citizens, orienting them towards more sustainable consumption,buying the bottle only once and using it again,filling it with new product on tap.
The project was a collaboration between the Piemonte Tegion,GDO and detergent producers.Detergent dispensers were placed in over 40 points of sale.

Evidence of success

4 years after the beginning of the experimental phase,no shop returned the dispenser.Main results:over 780.000 bottles were reused avoiding 47 tonnes HDPE and 26 paperboard tonnes.This represents avoidance of 130,5 tonnes of CO2 and saving of 2.011 MWH of Energy and 196x106L of water.A periodic communication campaing is needed, to raise awareness among the citizens about the new service.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Piemonte Region. Planning waste management Department, 2011;

Annex completed on: 02-21-2013

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