March 23 2014

We intend to assess wastes generated from our worldwide manufacturing, both from primary waste production and secondary waste from packaging and maintenance, and create a program for reduction, and ultimately reuse, recycle and recover. (SAME AS IN GRID)

As the world hurtles toward its urban future, the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW), one of the most important by-products of an urban lifestyle, is growing even faster than the rate of urbanization. In 2002, there were 2.9 billion urban residents who generated about 0.64 kg of MSW per person per day (0.68 billion tonnes per year). A decade later, these amounts increased to about three billion residents generating 1.2 kg per person per day (1.3 billion tonnes per year). By 2025, this will likely increase to 4.3 billion urban residents generating about 1.42 kg per person per day of MSW aggregating to 2.2 billion tonnes per year (World Bank, 2012).

As a part of life cycle thinking, BioMar supports the waste hierarchy view. The five stages of the hierarchy, ranking from the most favoured prevention via the three R's (reuse, recycle and recover) to the disposal of waste, are implemented as part of the quality management system at all BioMar manufacturing plants, as well as covered in the ISO 14001 standard.