Detailed information on metrics and targets related to the topic of climate change.
Management of solid waste in industrial operations
Related Material Issues
All Suzano’s industrial units have waste management plans and specific operating procedures in place, which adopt the concept of the 4 R’s (rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle). Thus, waste management focuses on reducing generation of waste at source, and increasing recycling and internal reuse. As a result, the company manages to reduce the volume of waste sent to its own and/or third party industrial landfills. And, to ensure greater compliance and to identify opportunities for improvement, the units are also periodically audited in relation to their solid waste management.
Among the initiatives that Suzano promotes for an environmentally adequate management of solid waste, at the Limeira unit, industrial waste is sent to companies that compost and transform it into products that can provide productivity gains in agricultural areas. In addition, the Jacareí, Três Lagoas and Imperatriz units produce soil acidity correctives from inorganic waste generated in its industrial process, such as dregs, grits, lime mud, and ashes. Thus, from the product obtained, the company no longer buys limestone on the market, benefiting the company’s forestry activities. The next step is to introduce organic matter—the organomineral—to the process, allowing even more gains to forestry management. The organomineral compound produced can also be sold on the market according to the rules of the Ministry of Agriculture.
After the disclosure of Suzano’s Long-Term Goals (LTGs), in February 2020, the goal of reducing by 70% the specific sending of non-hazardous and non-inert waste (class 2A) to landfill by 2030, was cascaded to each industrial unit and governance has been integrated into Suzano’s management routine.
As of the disclosure of this commitment, the company defined governance for managing this topic: annual and monthly goals were established for each industrial unit, and the results are monitored monthly by the Pulp, Engineering, and Energy Department. The company also has an Industrial Environment Working Group (GTMAI), which evaluates the results on a monthly basis.
Each industrial operation monitors waste indicators on a weekly basis with the Executive Board and Industrial Management and with the executives. The results are disclosed in monthly results meetings to all the unit’s employees in order to engage everyone in the topic.
Also in 2020, improvement projects were mapped for each industrial unit for implementation in order to reach the target by 2030. For the development of this material, Suzano’s best practices and management tools were surveyed (such as Six Sigma and PDCA) and innovation projects.