We are committed to reducing our waste through our continued focus on improving operational eco-efficiencies and higher resource utilization. We ensure that strong compliance standards are in place to manage the waste at our sites according to regulatory requirements. This includes proper waste inventory by name, type, code (as required by law), storage location, method of offsite transportation, treatment and disposal, quantity of waste generated, and waste stored onsite and disposed of both onsite and offsite. We also ensure that our waste is disposed through sustainable and qualified vendors who reuse, recover or recycle. We manage our waste responsibly, strive to exceed regulatory requirements, and record the quantity of waste generated, stored onsite, and disposed of onsite and offsite. In addition, we carry out site audits of key vendors to ensure that their waste management standards are in-line with approved local regulations in addition to our sustainable practices.

waste diverted from landfill
tons/ton of production
(for 2020 Reporting Scope (107 sites) i.e. including 2020 acquisitions)
Total waste diverted from landfill
increased from 48% to 84%

Total Hazardous Waste

Total hazardous waste (Tons)
Intensity (Tons / Ton of production)

Total Waste
Generated, Disposed, Reused, Recycled and Recovered

Total Waste Generated (Tons)
Total Waste Disposed (% of Total Waste generated)
Total Reused, Recycled and Recovered Waste (% of Total Waste generated)
Unit 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total Non-Hazardous Waste Generated Tons 110,151 119,570 243,104 197,669
Total Waste Used, Recycled and Sold Tons 49,713 64,990 177,489 128,493
Total Waste Disposed (Composted, Landfill, Deep-well Injection and Others) Tons 60,439 54,580 65,615 69,176

Note: Intensities are calculated based on overall production including inter-company sales.

total amount of reused,recycled and recovered waste reached


in 2020

We continually implement new and innovative waste reduction, recycling, and recovery initiatives to reduce our waste intensity, especially hazardous waste. For instance, in 2020, the total amount of reused, recycled and recovered waste reached 70% of total waste.

Our ambition to reduce waste from our operations is in line with our pledge to achieve 90% waste diverted from landfill by 2025. We are ensuring that our approach to waste management complies with regulatory requirements, and exceeds them where possible. This means building a detailed inventory of waste and always applying new designs to advance waste reduction, recycling and recovery.

Waste Diverted from Landfill

Platinum Certification

were certified with a more than 95% hazardous waste diversion rate.
were certified with a more than 95% non-hazardous waste diversion rate.

Gold Certification

were certified with a 90% - 95% non-hazardous waste diversion rate.
Case studies:
Optimizing the production process, reducing pollution

Performance Fibers (China)

IVL fully supports China’s policy of reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency while promoting technological progress. This is also integral in achieving our sustainability goals which are aligned with our vision: To be a world-class sustainable chemical company making great products for society.

Our Performance Fibers subsidiary in China focused on improving resource efficiency and reducing chemical waste. The chemical waste produced from tire cords consists of a complex structure, does not biodegrade easily and carries high treatment costs. In 2016, the division initiated a project to reduce chemical consumption in its production process. This project achieved a 6% reduction in chemical consumption for certain formulations.