Through continuous improvement efforts we are reducing all hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams.
Our facilities implement various projects to reduce the generation of waste. Continuous improvements aligned with the 5S methodology (sort, set in order, shine, standardise and sustain) have also been implemented globally.
During 2021, we introduced several process improvements to reduce waste generation, including minimising overweight products, fine-tuning equipment to ensure proper thickness and recycling of air pollution control dust collector wastes. In addition, we have stepped up our focus on recycling for all other materials, including wood, cartons, pallets, plastic and jumbo bags.
Examples of some of the waste reduction improvements include:
- Reduced waste by introducing recycling facilities for scrap metal from our production processes;
- Stepped up our recycling efforts to prevent over 160,000 pounds of cardboard and paper going to landfill at one of our largest sites;
- Our team in Ranipet, India have taken a great step forward in reducing their plastic waste, by eliminating polybags from their ceramic blanket packaging in favour of a single, woven sack.
Our waste intensity has increased 7% compared with 2020, due to the business growth after the COVID-19 pandemic. Recycling has improved by 3% compared with 2020.