Target: 75% waste repurposed, including recycled, reused and recovered, by 2030.
Managing our waste
Our waste strategy aims to reduce the amount of waste we generate and ensure that our waste materials are reused or recycled – whether for the same purpose or for a secondary use. Our sites comply with all applicable health, safety and environmental requirements and ensure waste materials are sent for disposal in the most environmentally sound manner.
In FY2017, we adopted a new waste standard for the proper accounting, handling, transfer, storage, transport and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes generated during operation and construction of our facilities. It sets minimum requirements, roles and responsibilities for the management of solid and hazardous waste at our facilities to protect people and the environment. It also drives sites to consider waste minimization options at least annually. In FY2018, we rolled out the new standard to all sites following its introduction to site Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) leaders at the Global HSE Conference in 2017. A Global Action Plan was established for each site to use in guiding and tracking its implementation of the standard.
Our waste management approach has evolved over the last five years as we have improved the identification and accounting of our waste types, including cyclic wastes. As a result, in FY2017 we introduced a new KPI for the percentage of waste repurposed, whether recycled, reused or recovered. This will drive further best practices in waste management throughout our manufacturing sites.
Achieving this target may prove challenging. We expect the repurposing of gypsum to make a significant contribution to our performance, but there are currently limited outlets available for repurposing gypsum in some locations. We are exploring solutions to this challenge with our Aditya Birla Group peers.
Creating value from waste materials
One of the key ways we can reduce our waste is by repurposing materials so that they can continue to create value. One example is our partnership with Repasack® in Europe, which enables us to recycle our paper packaging. While the volume of packaging material we use is relatively limited, the partnership enabled us to recycle 4.74 tonnes of packaging material in FY2018, including paper and composite sack and bags. Our supplier and industry partnerships will be key as we explore further ways we can repurpose our waste and implement our waste management standard at all locations. For example, in India, we are currently exploring the possibility of sending tank bottom sludge and waste refractory to be reused as a fuel at nearby cement plants.