Essity’s target for production waste is that materials and energy will be recovered from all waste from all production units by 2030.
In 2020, Essity’s production waste amounted to a total of 1.49 million tons. In Essity’s production process, waste is generated in the form of ash, sludge, organic waste and/or plastic. The production sites proactively work to reduce waste and to find alternative solutions for their waste. In 2020, 65% of Essity’s waste was recovered.
By reducing the amount of production waste sent to landfill and instead recycling the waste or extracting energy from it, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced, thereby helping Essity to achieve its Science Based Targets (Scope 3).
Essity and its tissue brand Tork have made it their responsibility to convert the environmental ambitions of customers into concrete measures and results. The latest contribution is a new and unique service for recycling paper towels from customers such as large offices, universities and airports. Until now, it has been difficult to recycle hand towels, mainly because of hygiene requirements and technical barriers.
The new service means that hand towels are collected from customers and sent to a local Essity mill to be transformed into new paper products. The projects are conducted in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden with highly favorable results.
The recycling service is an important contribution to a more circular and sustainable society.