200 ‘Waste-to-Resources’ sites
Terms of the action or commitment
In its new program, ‘Waste-to-Resource’, Schneider pushes further with its waste recovery ambitions. Sites now must achieve 99% recovery for all non-hazardous waste and still achieve 100% hazardous waste recovery using the best available handling/ treatment options locally. Additionally, to promote and emphasize the importance of circular economy, ‘Waste-to-Resource’ sites will not be allowed to use waste-to-energy solutions for more than 10% of their waste. This provides an opportunity for sites to work collaboratively within their internal supply chains, along with external suppliers and waste management providers to find innovative reduce, reuse, and recycle solutions.
Two main levers are investigated as part of the ‘Waste-to-Resource’ program: first, all sites generating hazardous waste ensure visibility of handling and end-of-life treatment paths. They also seek to add value to waste as much as possible (through material or energy recovery) while neutralizing its hazardous nature. Second, top hazardous waste-generating sites work to reduce the volumes of waste generated in the first place, notably by implementing “Best Available Techniques” (BAT) in their industrial processes. Such BAT processes come along with superior performance from a resource efficiency perspective, and/ or chemical substances use, and/or emission reductions. By 2025, the ambition is to reduce hazardous waste intensity by 30% against the 2017 baseline.