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.

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)

2019 Target:

≤ 0.0045 tons/ton of production

2019 Actual:

0.0058 tons/ton of production (for 2019 Reporting Scope (94 sites) i.e. including 2019 acquisitions)

total amount of reused,recycled and recovered waste reached


in 2019

We continually implement new and innovative waste reduction, recycling, and recovery initiatives to reduce our waste intensity, especially hazardous waste. For instance, in 2019, the total amount of reused, recycled and recovered waste reached 72% of total waste, an increase of 15% from 2018.

Zero Waste to Landfill

Zero waste to landfill means zero manufacturing waste is disposed of directly in a landfill or by incineration without energy recovery by the site, except where local legal requirements specify that regulated waste must be disposed of in a landfill.

Our customers are increasingly demanding that IVL achieve zero waste to landfill (ZWTL), and have paved the way towards improved sustainability by making an effort to apply ZWTL throughout their supply chains. This is also in-line with our commitment to reducing carbon emissions through improved waste management, while transferring waste to landfill remains a key concern on the part of IVL’s management.

To respond to this emerging demand, we adopted a company-wide policy to avoid sending waste to landfill and to increase our efforts at transitioning to alternative waste management options at all of our sites.

A ZWTL program diverts all solid waste from landfills. Proactive management of byproducts and solid waste has been the primary means of reducing environmental impacts, while the 3Rs (Recycle, Reduce, Reduce) helps by decreasing and diverting the volume of waste going to landfills. The “zero waste” concept can therefore be effectively implemented and verified. Achieving the requirements of zero waste certification has the following benefits for facilities looking to adopt an improved approach in their use of resources:

  • Helps eliminate pollution, in our air, water and land which threaten ecosystems and the public’s health.
  • Improves their bottom line by reducing costs.
  • Cuts the ecological footprint by reducing materials, using recycled and more benign materials, and giving products longer lives by increasing reparability and ease of disassembly at end of life.
  • Promotes positive influences for environmental and economic sustainability in the built environment by protecting the environment, reducing costs, driving the development of new markets, and producing jobs throughout the economy.
  • Fosters strong participation including the training of all employees and zero waste relationships with vendors and customers.
  • Allows the facility to showcase their responsibility and commitment to local and global communities and the environment.
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 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.