We apply the waste management hierarchy when dealing with the production wastes that we generate. Our most preferable option is to prevent or reduce the amount of waste that is produced in the first instance. Where this is not possible then we seek to handle the waste in manner that reduces the impact on the environment through recycling, recovery or reuse.
- 2018 Performance
- 2018 Waste Reduction Activities
Overall, our global hazardous waste generation per metric tonne of product increased by 8% in 2018, with a 66% increase compared to our 2006 baseline year. However, the amount of hazardous waste produced per metric tonne is small at only 15kg per metric tonne of product produced. Fluctuations in year-on-year comparisons are due to changes in product mix, the market for the recycling of waste solvents and a number of recent decommissioning projects at manufacturing sites.
Our waste reduction activities in 2018 include:
- Our Ellesmere Port, UK site made some significant improvements in 2018, including a 33% reduction in waste effluent generated since 2017 and it was also able to divert all office waste from landfill to recycling routes following a change in third-party contractor and improved segregation systems.
- At our Barcelona, Spain site, we have been working to improve the production process for new products that use cyclohexane as a distillation solvent. In 2018, a range of modifications were introduced to the plant, including a second vertical condenser and a heat exchanger to help minimize emissions to air and water.
- Our Castiglione site in Italy has been able to reduce the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of its waste water effluent by 21%, by reducing the amount of organic material in the waste effluent sent to their bio-treatment plant.
- Our European supply chain recycled over 4,500 returned product and raw material IBC containers in 2017. This saved over 185 metric tonnes of steel, 75 metric tonnes of plastic and prevented the release of over 470 metric tonnes equivalent of CO2