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Plastics Recycling Awards 2023

PreZero Polymers and COMPO receive the 'Plastic Packaging Product Award 2023'

COMPO's packaging made from recycled materials has set industry standards for years and has already won several prestigious sustainability awards. The packaging solutions are not the conventional reusable items we are all familiar with, such as those seen in the drinks industry. Rather, they belong to a packaging concept focusing on complete recyclability and the highest possible proportion of recycled content. Together with PreZero Polymers, COMPO achieved the final breakthrough in the optimisation of liquid fertiliser bottles. This resulted in the recognition of both companies in the 'Plastic Packaging Product' category at the international 'Plastics Recycling Awards 2023'.

The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe are presented annually in Amsterdam. Award winners exemplify progress in the circular use of recycled materials, product design and innovative manufacturing.

PreZero Polymers and COMPO were recognised with the award in the 'Plastic Packaging Product' category for the joint development of COMPO's liquid fertiliser bottles. "We have worked consistently on finding solutions to increase the use of post-consumer recyclates in liquid fertiliser bottles to 100 per cent," reports Michael Düsener, Head of Purchase at COMPO.

The optimised liquid fertiliser bottles will be replacing COMPOs current packaging in the future. "Together with PreZero as a strong partner, we have succeeded in finding a solution that reconciles the highest environmental standards with customer benefits and manageability," explains COMPO's CEO Stephan Engster. Consistent development of the packaging concept is a key element of the company-wide sustainability strategy. "Combined with our focus on using local organic raw materials, which are sourced from the circular economy wherever possible, and the consistent shortening of supply routes, this contributes to significantly reducing CO2 emissions and closing cycles," says Engster.


COMPO is a leading supplier of branded products for plants in the home and garden. Consumers can find everything plants need for healthy growth in our range – from potting soil and fertilisers to lawn seed and products for pest control and plant protection, with a focus on organic products. It all began back in 1956 with the launch of the first potting soil in consumer-friendly packaging – the birth of our well-known and to date multi-award-winning COMPO SANA®. Day in, day out, more than 800 employees from at least 25 sites are now working on the development of a diverse range of sustainable quality products and solutions that help everyone to unlock the true potential of their plants, regardless of whether they have green fingers or no gardening experience at all. Our aim is to enhance the life of every person with more greenery while fostering daily life in harmony with nature and the environment.

About PreZero

The PreZero Group is an international environmental service provider engaged in waste and recycling management. PreZero is the environmental division of the Neckarsulm-based Schwarz Group, which also includes the retail companies Kaufland and Lidl, as well as Schwarz Produktion. The PreZero Group currently employs some 30,000 people globally at 485 locations in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the United States. Together with its customers, PreZero combines economy with ecology and thus supports its successful and sustainable development with the key objective of closing cycles.