We’re committed to improving our resource use efficiency, acting on opportunities to reduce our waste volumes, encouraging our employees to reduce their own waste footprint, and to enhancing the circular economy throughout our value chain. In addition to taking practical, cost-effective actions to reduce waste as we grow our operations, we will also consider making capital investments when needed to improve our manufacturing processes and reduce waste generated at our sites.
In 2019, we established our waste goal teams and governance process to lay the groundwork for progressing towards our 2030 CRC goal. We also initiated programs to strengthen our waste characterization and measurement practices at our manufacturing sites to support ongoing waste management activities.
Minimizing Waste Impact through Diligent Management
Our EHS&CR policy and commitment to the Responsible Care® principles guide our actions and challenge us to continuously reduce impacts from waste, air, and water emissions.
We first work to eliminate generating waste or emissions through improved process design, plant operations, and maintenance. This includes engaging each of our business segments, as well as our R&D community, to identify opportunities to redesign processes or generate less waste, where possible. If we can’t design the waste out of our processes, we seek opportunities to creatively reuse or recycle materials, exploring how our wastes could become raw materials for others in a circular economy.
Finally, when there is no other option but disposal, we classify, handle, and dispose of our hazardous and non-hazardous waste in accordance with local government regulations. Our internal standards and procedures guide our waste management efforts to ensure we safely send our waste for disposal only after considering other options.
We also work with our vendors to reduce waste through several endeavors, including reducing the amount of packaging materials sent to us, developing new processes or equipment to reduce landfill intensity, and recycling more waste materials. In addition, we continually look for product packaging alternatives that can be recycled by our customers or returned to us for reuse.