What a waste

Reducing waste is good for the environment and also saves money. Unfortunately, it has not been possible up to now to avoid waste entirely in industrial production. Therefore, we must constantly look for new ways to reduce or recycle waste.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that one third of all food produced worldwide is lost or wasted.

To combat this, we have made it our goal to reduce our production of waste. In the case of unavoidable waste: Promoting the reuse or recycling for expedient use or thermal utilization. The elimination of landfills must be avoided – we are convinced anyway that our waste can be potential input materials for the production of new, other products.

Not depositing any production waste can be difficult in some countries but we will not leave anything untried and are convinced that we can support the development of the necessary facilities and processes in these countries. We do not want to send any waste to landfill any more, starting by 2025 in Europe, and by 2030 worldwide! What’s more: We will do everything to also increase the volume of recycled waste further and plan to define a goal for the increase in recycled waste by 2021.

Graphic on the total waste according to disposal method. Graphic on the overall waste according to different methods of disposal.

As a fundamental rule, the following applies: We at Greiner strictly follow the European waste hierarchy defined in the European Waste Framework Directive. The avoidance and reduction of waste is paramount in our daily work routine. If this is not possible, the other options (cf. graphic below) will be used – but in each case those with the lowest impact on the environment.

Graphic on the optimum use of products and reduction of waste.