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Raw materials efficiency


Effective waste management helps to increase raw material efficiency in our manufacturing operations, reduces our environmental footprint and reduces costs. Our focus is on reducing total waste and eliminating hazardous waste to landfill. The exception is asbestos waste – mainly from demolishing old equipment and buildings – where the only current safe disposal route is properly designed landfill facilities.

  • Total waste generated and leaving our sites has fallen 13 percent to 249 kilotons (2008: 285 kilotons). This is in part due to lower production levels, but is also a result of the operational excellence teams formed to identify and implement improvements on our sites (see Manufacturing)
  • Hazardous waste to landfill stands at 4.9 kilotons. This is the first year we have reported on this specific waste stream
  • Non-reusable waste has increased by 4 percent and the hazardous portion is static at 33 percent. Improvements are expected in 2010 when the operational excellence teams become fully effective.
Total waste
in kilo tons
Total waste in kilo tons (bar chart)
Non-reusable waste is not used for resource recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct re-use, or alternative uses.
Hazardous waste
in kilo tons
Hazardous waste in kilo tons (bar chart)
Hazardous waste is defined by local/national legislation. Non-reusable waste is not used for resource recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct re-use, or alternative uses.

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