Avoiding and purposefully recycling

As a standard practice, Chocolats Halba avoids waste wherever possible, recycles materials and disposes residual materials correctly. With its high recycling rate, the company is not only contributing to a better environmental footprint, but also reducing its waste disposal budget.

Chocolats Halba’s sustainability strategy also includes the correct handling of waste. The company not only wants to avoid waste, but also to increase its recycling rate. In recent years, it has had an average of around three quarters of its waste recycled in the form of materials or energy. Organic waste, plastics, paper, electrical appliances, scrap metal, waste oil and waste wood are all recycled. The largest category – organic waste – is used as animal feed or compost, or goes to produce biogas.

At over 760 tonnes, the total amount of waste was somewhat higher in 2016 than in previous years. This is partly due to the move to Pratteln. For example, new machinery is delivered in wooden packaging that has to be disposed of. Cocoa shells make up the largest proportion of Halba’s waste. Some of these are delivered to the cosmetics industry, which uses them to manufacture fragrances, while some are used as animal feed.