Our history

Our history

The Bader Group, a family business founded several decades ago, is now a rapidly expanding company.

Recycling began in the 1940s

Gilbert and Jimmy Bader set up on their own. As the years went by and demand increased, Thierry and Alain Bader, Jimmy's sons and Gilbert's grandsons, joined the company and transformed the business into a legal entity, Metabader Sàrl.

In 1998, the OREA law came into force, Metabader Sàrl obtained the SENS recycler title and is now one of 17 companies or branches approved in Switzerland.


The new company set up permanently in Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, with the acquisition of En Budron G1 and the infrastructure needed to welcome customers. Over the years, in order to cope with the increase in the number of customers and the lack of space, land was purchased in the surrounding area. In 2008, the Sàrl became a SA.


In 2009, Image in R SA was created. This company recovers all electronic equipment and collects SENS equipment. In 2010, the Bader Group acquired MLK Conteneurs Services SA, a company that rents and empties all types of skips. This acquisition strengthened the Group's business and enabled it to respond more effectively to customer demand. Also in this vein, Jessy and Jack Bader, Alain's sons, set up TRB Bader SA, which trades in metals. This gives customers a local player who works transparently, without having to go through entities located abroad that do not have the sensitivity and commitment to working in Switzerland and Europe that the Bader Group has.


Copper RCB SA was created in 2018 to recover electrical cables in particular, in order to extract the copper. In 2020, TFR Transports SA will complete the Group's range of services, offering transport throughout Europe. Always with a view to working locally, waste is recovered, transformed into raw materials and then resold in Switzerland and Europe.


In 2022, the Bader Group bought Carbone & Fils Sàrl, a sister company of Metabader SA, based in St-Légiez la Chiésaz, with the aim of developing its activities on the Riviera. Comptoir du Bois SA, in Cugy, which buys and sells timber and real estate, joined the Group the same year. Also in 2022, Motorec SA, in Avenches, was set up to recycle engines.


Expansion continues apace in 2023. The Bader SA Group is expanding in the Bernese Jura with the acquisition of Moeschler Transports Sàrl, and in the Valais region with the purchase of Grept Frères SA and SARE-cycle SA. Several plots of land and buildings also came into the Group's ownership during the year. That year also saw the Group suffer a major blow with the loss of one of its directors, Alain Bader. His kindness and big heart will continue to accompany the family spirit that reigns in the company.




Other projects are underway for 2024, with national expansion and closer ties with the competition.

In addition to its recycling activities, the Bader Group is also active in real estate, with properties located throughout the canton of Vaud. Again with the aim of reducing our impact on the planet, solar panels have been or are being installed on all the Group's buildings.

The Bader Group is committed to working with local players to achieve the highest standards of quality, while controlling its entire value chain. It is with this in mind that the Group has obtained ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 certification by 2022.

In a few figures, the Bader Group represents 25 companies, spread over 9 sites, with almost 200 employees, generating sales of around 150 million a year, most of which is reinvested in the development of the companies and the acquisition of real estate and state-of-the-art machinery.

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