We focus on reducing waste generation in our manufacturing processes as part of our resource productivity program. Examples of our waste reduction projects include installing solvent recovery units, reducing packaging waste by moving from smaller paper bags or metal drums to bulk deliveries of raw materials, and reworking obsolete finished goods.
To help increase our contribution to the circular economy, new uses have also been identified for materials that would otherwise have been disposed of as waste. This has resulted in a waste avoidance of 8,500 tons.
Adopting circular alternatives
In partnership with Alucha, one of our inaugural Paint the Future winners, we’re piloting the use of paper waste to make paint. It involves using a circular raw material that Alucha extracts from paper sludge as an alternative to calcium carbonate.
Increasing our water reuse
To reduce freshwater intake and wastewater discharge, we treat wastewater at on-site treatment plants, or via third parties, and reuse it in our plants. We also recover and reuse materials present in the process water whenever possible.
Raw materials for others
We’re constantly striving to find solutions for reducing our waste. One of the many ways we do this is by maximizing any remaining product waste and repurposing it as a raw material that can be used by other companies. A good example is reusing wastewater sludge by turning it into bricks and tiles.