With an increased production volume, Sika generated around 141,675 tons of waste (previous year: 112,000 tons), which accounts for around 1.6% of the total volume handled by Sika (previous year: 1.6%). This corresponds to 12.4 kilograms of waste per ton sold (previous year: 14.1 kilograms per ton sold), or a decrease of 12% compared to 2020. Approximately 15% of the waste is non-hazardous. The “reuse” category covers waste which finds a secondary, lower-grade use or is reprocessed, e.g. through metal recycling  

  2020 2019 2018
Total weight non-hazardous waste 120,633 tons 92,000 tons 66,000 tons
Disposal Method:      
Landfill 60,794 tons 45,000 tons 29,000 tons
Incineration 9,820 tons 9,000 tons 8,000 tons
Reuse / Recycle 50,019 tons 38,000 tons 29,000 tons
Others 0 tons 0 tons 0 tons
Total weight hazardous waste 21,042 tons 20,000 tons 18,000 tons
Disposal Method:      
Incineration 21,042 tons 20,000 tons 18,000 tons

Overall, Sika reduces the waste per ton sold by putting in place activities such as recycling scrap membranes, as for example in Russia, where quantities to be discarded have been reduced by 200 tons. The recycling rate of the total waste volume was 35% in 2020. This was an improvement on the 2019 figure (34%).

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In Paraguay, the new water treatment plant set up end of 2020 will reduce the wastewater generation by 50% and operating costs by 75%. In addition, the final effluent will have the required quality to be reused in the production processes reducing also the water withdrawal of the plant.