Waste & Circularity

  • Total Waste
  • Waste Handling Routes
Compared to 2022, we saw a 17% overall increase in total waste intensity and a 10% increase in both hazardous and non-hazardous waste intensity as measured per tonne of product produced. These increases were due to three main contributing factors. Firstly, a market downturn caused a decreased in production leading to an increase in overall intensity figure. Secondly, product mix changes at several of our sites generated more waste. Finally, several sites disposed of one-off construction waste during the year.
In 2023, 23% of all waste generated was sent for recovery, recycling or reuse, 53% for treatment or incineration and 24% to landfill.

Reducing Our Waste

We have introduced a number of initiatives to reduce waste across our sites and prioritize recovery and reuse, with the aim of contributing to the development of a circular economy. Recent activities include:

Barcelona, Spain

The site is now reusing a distilled cyclohexane waste stream generated from previous production batches. This saves 45 tonnes of solvent waste annually and reduces the amount of virgin solvent purchased.
This more efficient packaging material will save 25 tonnes of waste annually.

Castiglione, Italy

The site has implemented a new sludge and waste separation technique, leading to a 13% reduction in sludge per tonne of finished product.
The site has introduced a new process to recover two waste solvent streams for reuse as raw materials, saving 40 tonnes of solvent from disposal

Leuna, Germany

The manufacturing plant is now using a thinner plastic film for wrapping our palletized products for secure transportation to our customer locations. This helps to reduce the amount of plastic waste that we put into the supply chain and demonstrates how small projects contribute to both our own and our customers’ carbon and waste reduction efforts.

Vernon, France

The site has been able to reduce the quantity of waste generated from its purchased raw materials by 20 tonnes per year. This was achieved by switching from drums to IBCs and bulk containers, therefore reducing the quantity of packaging for the same volume purchased.

Midland, Pleasanton & Oklahoma

Our Oilfield Services sites in the US have introduced a tote ‘take back’ scheme for customers. Empty totes, previously sent to landfill, are now collected and sent for recycling and reuse, saving over 900 tonnes of waste. Additionally where suitable, wooden pallets are now reused at these sites, or sent for recycling if they are deemed unsuitable for reuse, avoiding disposal by landfill.