From waste to resource
We apply the so-called “waste hierarchy”: first we implement initiatives to prevent and reduce the production of waste, then we favour their recycling and recovery. In fact, we set the target of zero waste to disposal in landfills.
In the paper industry, the number one waste is sludge resulting from the purification of the water used to process raw materials. It is a mixture of plant fibre, water, minerals that ferments with the heat during the production process.
The other waste we produce is packaging, mixed waste, liquid washing waste and other special waste.
In 2022, we have recovered 89% of industrial waste thanks to our targeted initiatives involving both our divisions.
The impact of the Self-Adhesive division
The impact of the Paper division
The main waste in the Paper division is the sludge from the processing water, which, before being returned to the environment, is purified by primary chemical-physical plants and secondary biological plants. In addition to this waste, there is also mixed packaging, wood, plastic, production waste containing silicone, solutions/dispersions/emulsions of substances from machine washing, used oil, iron and electrical equipment, of which, hazardous material represents a very small proportion of our total production, below 5%.
100% of industrial waste recovered and not sent destined for landfills
Sludge recycling and drying
We have installed a pilot drying plant in Verona, which enables us to reduce the volume of sludge produced, which was also done in Fabriano and Arco in 2021. The sludge can then be used by other production areas, such as the agriculture and bio-construction sectors.
Differentiating, sorting and reusing
The first step is to precisely map the waste in each plant so that we know where each kilo of waste is produced so that it can be recovered or recycled. For example, all production waste is recycled in-house as fibrous raw material.