Raw materials efficiency

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.

  • Non-reusable waste. We have realized improvements from projects implemented in the Operational Eco-Efficiency program, but total non-reusable waste per ton has increased slightly. Improvements are anticipated in 2011
  • Total waste per ton of production generated and leaving our sites is down 11 percent to 13.1kg/ton (2009: 14.7kg/ton). However, increased production levels and the new Frankfurt facility have led to absolute waste rising to 258 kilotons (2009: 249 kilotons) an increase of 4 percent. Due to this acquisition, hazardous waste also increased in absolute terms
  • Hazardous waste to landfill per ton of production is down 17 percent to 0.24kg/ton (2009: 0.29kg/ton) and the total figure is down to 4.7 kilotons (2009: 4.9 kilotons) down 4 percent. This is mainly due to site closures in Moi Rana, Opava, a successful brine waste recovery project in Deer Park and improved waste management practices at our Decorative Paints Europe business.

Total waste in kilotons

Total waste in kilo ton (bar chart)

Non-reusable waste is not used for resource recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct reuse, or alternative uses.

Hazardous waste in kilotons

Hazardous waste in kilo ton (bar chart)

2007 – 2008 indicate total non-reusable waste.

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