In recognition of its comprehensive commitment and pioneering “zero waste solution”, Europe’s leading recycling service provider will receive the 2024 Germany Sustainability Award in the category “Waste Management and Recycling Industry”.

Dedicated to achieving a world without waste, Interzero and its approximately 2,000 employees lead the way to a sustainable future and a world worth living in, where raw materials are systematically recycled, waste is avoided as much as possible, and natural resources are preserved.

“We are proud of this award,” said Dr. Axel Schweitzer, president and owner of Interzer. It encourages us in our efforts to continue our efforts to drive circular transformation, and we have great determination and passion for it. If you can imagine it, do it: Together with customers and partners, we want to achieve a truly sustainable circular economy in a more efficient way and counteract the overload of our planet. Many thanks to our customers, partners and also our own team.”

The Interzero company achieves clearly measurable effects on the environment with its analog and digital Closed-Loop solutions and ecologically and economically efficient recycling of raw materials. Scientists from Fraunhofer UMSICHT have been researching concrete effects on climate and resources for the past 15 years: According to UMSICHT’s “resources SAVED by recycling”, by managing around 2.1 million tons of recyclable materials in a closed loop, Interzero has saved and avoided more than 8.7 million tons of primary raw materials and about one million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2022 alone. According to calculations made by the Global Footprint Network (GFN), the day of Earth’s overshoot in 2023. would have been reached 7 minutes and 16 seconds earlier (or 4 hours and 20 minutes earlier (in Germany) had it not been for Interzer’s efforts.

Interzer’s Asian sister company is increasingly using Closed-Loop models adopted from Germany and Europe and promoting resource conservation in Asia. Interzer’s social engagement also focuses on sustainable development, and one example is the long-term partnership with the basketball club ALBA BERLIN. As a sponsor and environmental partner, Interzero supports the multiple German champion and cup winner to become a top team also in terms of sustainability. And it’s also successful: ALBA BERLIN has also been nominated for the final round of this year’s German Sustainability Award in the Sports Business category.

The 16th German Sustainability Award is jointly awarded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and WWF to companies that are at the forefront of sustainable transformation. The awards ceremony will take place on the 23rd. November 2023 in Düsseldorf.