Constant improvement of waste management

Waste management in every Sofidel Group plant follows detailed procedures to increase the separation of the materials into homogeneous categories and facilitate their delivery to recycling centres.

The refuse produced by paper-making mainly consists of sludge, deriving from the production waste of processes that use pulp as a raw material. This type of refuse is normally recycled for use in brick manufacture or the environmental reclamation of areas used for mining.

Hazardous waste instead derives from ordinary maintenance work on the industrial plant, including fluorescent tubes, used oils, batteries, etc.

The operators who carry out waste transport and intermediation are subject to frequent checks to verify their work both inside and outside the plants.

Sofidel did not carry out any cross-border shipping of hazardous waste.

The costs associated with the treatment of waste amounted to about € 4.7 m in 2018. In 2018, there were no significant spills.

Waste produced by the Sofidel Group


Amount of non-hazardous waste sent for recycling (t)*
2018: 81,772
2017: 89,346
2016: 77,820
Amount of non-hazardous waste sent for dumping or disposal (t)*
2018: 22,559
2017: 25,599
2016: 28,481


Amount of hazardous waste sent for recycling (t)*
2018: 449
2017: 461
2016: 491
Amount of hazardous waste sent for dumping or disposal (t)*
2018: 244
2017: 292
2016: 304

* The statistics on the final destination of the waste refer to the treatments described in Annexes I and II of Directive 2008/98/EC. Following the criteria of a European regulation, the data do not include the Sofidel America plants.

In addition to the waste produced directly as a result of activities traceable to Sofidel, adopting a life-cycle approach, we can also confirm that the reduction in packaging use, described in the “Packaging and other raw materials” section, has certainly had a beneficial impact in terms of a lower proportion of waste generated by the final consumer.

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