Waste

Seeking alternate waste disposal methods for a world that demands more responsibility.

We are committed to practicing responsible chemistry, supplying the essential products the world needs in a safe, responsible way. That promise extends into every corner of our business, including items that never make it into our products.

Chemours 2030 Goal: Reduce our landfill volume intensity by 70%. UNSDG Goals 7, 12, 13,17.

Waste generation is unavoidable; however, we can make a positive difference by continually improving our waste management practices. Our Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) Policy guides us in how we manage our waste footprint. We regularly audit our global operations to check our progress and identify opportunities to improve how we manage our waste and emissions; this is a cornerstone for operating responsibly.

Landfilling makes up the single largest component of our waste disposal management actions. In 2017, our landfill intensity was 0.42 cubic meters of landfill volume per metric ton of sales product, for a total of 0.9 million cubic meters of landfilled waste.

But building landfills consumes land, a valuable natural resource. We’re starting a new phase of our waste management efforts, bringing every part of our company along to rethink how we manage waste so we can reduce our landfilling impacts on land and habitat.

As we consider landfill waste to be a key target of our ongoing waste management efforts, we are identifying alternate disposal outlets for our waste, including increasing the use of deep disposal wells for underground waste injection. We believe underground injection control (UIC) is more sustainable than landfilling because it:

  • Provides better protection for shallow drinking water sources
  • Protects water quality by reducing process emissions to surface water systems
  • Provides reliable, protective, long-term waste containment
  • Is less resource-intensive to process the waste
  • Is less intrusive to neighbors due to reduced truck traffic
  • Consumes fewer land resources

Our beliefs are supported by an analysis conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which stated that "Class I hazardous wells are safer than virtually any other waste disposal practice." 1

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Case Study

Providing Environmental Benefits in Taiwan

In 2017, we recovered approximately 16% of generated waste for beneficial reuse, with most of that reuse attributed to our Kuan Yin, Taiwan, site, where the reused material is certified by the government as a renewable resource. The material is then reused and transformed into a co-product, a cement aggregate material, for use by the construction industry.

The Environmental Benefits of Kuan Yin Crete II

Amount of material out of landfills:

  • Crete annually produced:
    250,000 tons
  • Average dump truck 13-25 tons
  • Dump truck waste out of landfills:
    20,000
Equivalent Offset:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles driven for one year: 3,754
Virgin raw materials that would be used - represents mined aggregate:

  • Silica sand used: 125 kt
  • Concrete blocks used: 125 kt
  • CCP from silica sand:
    0.021 x 125 = 2.625 kt
  • CCP from concrete block:
    0.121 x 125 = 15.13 kt

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1 In their 2001 analysis of risks associated with Class I underground injection wells, they stated that "Class I hazardous wells are safer than virtually any other waste disposal practice."