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Our progress on reducing hazardous & non-hazardous waste

We’re exploring how we can further cut waste at source as well as closely monitoring our performance, so we can drive improvements across our global factory network.

Our progress

We track our performance across our global factory network. The following charts show how much total waste we produce, how much we recycle and recover, and the amount of hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposed.

In 2014, we achieved zero non-hazardous waste to landfill (ZWL) in our global factory network.* This means that the non-hazardous waste that was previously sent to landfill is now reused, recycled or recovered.

Waste material reused, recycled and recovered (1995-2017)

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Total waste sent for disposal - Load per tonne of production (1995-2017)

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Total waste sent for disposal - Total load (1995-2017)

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Disposed non-hazardous waste - Load per tonne of production (1995-2017)

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In 2017, we reduced the amount of total waste generated by our manufacturing sites by 37% per tonne of production compared to our 2008 baseline. Total waste includes the hazardous and non-hazardous waste that is recycled, recovered or disposed.

Of the total waste we produce – including both hazardous and non-hazardous waste that is recycled, recovered or disposed – over 96% was reused, recycled or recovered. In 2016, we started to measure waste reuse separately, and found we reused 38,000 tonnes of waste. In 2017, we reused 107,000 tonnes of waste.

In 2017, disposed hazardous waste decreased by 42% per tonne of production compared to 2016 and was 68% lower per tonne of production than in 2008. In 2017, our hazardous waste accounted for 0.5% of our total waste and remains a small component of our waste footprint.

Waste is classified as hazardous or non-hazardous according to local legislation in the locations where each of our factories operate. What constitutes hazardous waste differs between countries and definitions can change frequently. We are continuing to reduce both our hazardous and non-hazardous waste as part of our continuous improvement programmes.

* We aim to maintain our achievement of zero non-hazardous waste to landfill (ZWL) across our manufacturing sites worldwide. However, incidents can occur where small amounts of non-hazardous waste are sent to landfill in error or because of operational changes e.g. acquisitions or supplier issues. We consider ZWL is maintained when less than 0.5% of non-hazardous waste is disposed to landfill in the 12-month period.

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