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Waste and Recycling

We recognise the importance of a circular economy and are stepping up efforts to close the loop of our product lifecycles. When our products reach their end of life, we aim to dismantle them, recycling as much as possible into new applications.

Our target

By 2025, we aim to include 10% secondary raw materials (SRM) per tonne of production. Increasing recycled content has proven challenging in terms of product durability and customer acceptability. We are therefore working to address both issues.

 

Our approach

Developing products with higher SRM content is a major focus area for our R&D department. We devised recipes that include significantly more SRM while maintaining the same functional performance in the final customer application. As we work to increase recycled content, we will partner with customers to ensure optimum performance.

 

Reducing Waste

In 2018, our business generated 109,500 tonnes of waste, of which 9% (9,700 tonnes) was hazardous. Instead, the bulk of our waste (88%) was non-hazardous ceramic and mineral waste. We are working across our sites to reduce and recycle the waste we generate.

Waste by type

Waste by type

2018 (t)

Percentage of total

Ceramic and mineral waste hazardous

8,200

7%

Other hazardous waste

1,500

1%

Ceramic and mineral waste non-hazardous

96,300

88%

Other non-hazardous waste

3,500

3%

Total waste

109,500

100%

 

Our plans for 2019 and beyond

To increase availability of SRM, we will establish our first dedicated recycling facility. In addition to supplying recycled materials, the facility will develop and test new recycling technologies. We will work with partners in Europe and the US to further expand local recycling while exploring opportunities in India, China and South America.