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.

2017 Performance

2017 Waste Reduction Activities

Overall, we reduced our global hazardous waste generation per tonne of product by 3.2% in 2017. However, we report a 41% increase compared to our 2006 baseline figure. This increase is largely due to the influence of the newly acquired sites’ performance on our baseline data. The decrease from 2017 compared to 2016 shows the beginnings of our influence on their performance and offsets a slight increase, due to changes in product mix, in other areas.

Our waste reduction activities in 2017 include:

  • Our Vernon, France, site continued their year-on-year efforts to reduce waste, recording an 11% reduction of waste sludge from the iron soap process following improvements during the phase separation stage.
  • Changes to the OMA 500 S production process at our Herne, Germany, site enabled the solvent used to be recovered rather than sent for off-site disposal. The changes save an estimated 940 tonnes of solvent per year and reduced the amount of virgin solvent required. The changes also reduced water use by 66%.
  • Our Leuna, Germany, site sold oversized Viscowax grain and dust, reducing the amount of non-hazardous waste sent for off-site disposal by 67 tonnes.