Water & waste

Supply and water purity

A serious global concern

Supply and water purity is another serious global concern. Not only is climate change threatening our water resources, but the unsustainable use of water and industry-related water pollution is accelerating this process. Jungbunzlauer constantly seeks to improve the use of water in our production plants by investing in water-saving projects. During the reporting period, water recovery and usage was optimised in our production plants by implementing new processes or reconstructions. This has contributed to an immense reduction in water utilisation. There are also processes to maximise the reuse of water in our sites.

We also strive for an ongoing reduction in waste and for optimal recycling flows. Almost all the by-products created by our production processes can be used as valuable raw materials in feed, construction, agriculture or for the manufacture of biogas. Our products themselves as well as our by-products are readily biodegradable and ecologically safe. Therefore, one of the company’s HSE targets is to convert as much substance as possible into useful by-products, if economically viable.

Jungbunzlauer corporate waste intensity

landfill waste (mt)/final product incl. by products (mt)

Between 2013 and 2019 we were able to reduce landfill waste (mt) per mt of final product (incl. by-products) by 86%, from 0.055 to only 0.008. The slight increase in waste intensity from 2018 to 2019 is due to a higher amount of waste to landfill material in our glucose production in Port Colborne. Due to an issue in co-products manufacture, some of the material could not be used as feed and had to be disposed of as landfill. Fortunately, this was solved quickly and thus the material can safely be used for feed again.

Did you know?

Water usage was reduced by 10% in our Canadian site by improving water recovery from the Welland canal.

With improved recycling (separate paper collection) our Ladenburg site was able to decrease general waste by 10%.