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One of our largest challenges in our work to contribute to a circular society is the responsible handling of production and post-consumer waste. Essity has adopted a new and ambitious target for production waste and has launched a service to recycle paper towels.
Production at our sites should not generate waste. Everything should be taken care of as part of an efficient ecocycle.
The new target states that materials and energy should be recovered from waste from all production units by 2030. In practice, this means we need to find new ways for an additional 600,000 tons of waste. Nothing should be sent to landfill after 2030.
15 units already report zero production waste. The new target will require a series of measures to find suitable ways to recover Essity’s various types of waste. Waste management is relatively local – circumstances are different depending on the type of waste and infrastructure for waste management. The new solutions must also be adapted to local conditions.
15 sites with zero production waste in 2016: Ortmann, Austria; Stembert, Belgium; Drummondville, Canada; Le Theil, France; Kostheim, Neuss and Witzenhausen, Germany; Hoogezand and Suameer, Netherlands; Valls, Spain; Manchester, UK; Lilla Edet, Mölnlycke, Sweden; Istanbul 1 and 2, Turkey.