In the year 2013, we embarked upon an ambitious project with one of our clients. The project's main goal was to turn waste into resources and, for any cases in which that wasn't possible, to prepare the waste to be reused or recycled – thus avoiding at all costs waste disposal in a landfill.
In addition to the aforementioned environmental goals, there was a financial and social aspect that gave support to the entire project.
After two years of intense work, in the middle of 2015, we were able to quantify the objectives and even certify –through AENOR– the Management System established, which was called “Zero Waste.”
The results of this project have been sustainable in time and –in addition to fully eliminating waste sent to the landfill– the changes made in the processes have brought about financial savings for our client and have created jobs.
In this way, we were able to achieve environmental, social, and financial benefits for our client.
Additionally, we can say that the establishment of our “Zero Waste Management System” implies for our client:
- The creation of a corporate culture, as the “Zero Waste” hallmark provides added value.
- Contribution to sustainable development as well as generation of awareness in clients, workers, and providers.
- Compliance with current and future laws in terms of reuse and recycling aims which are guided by applicable legislation (European Legislation, State Legislation, Autonomous Community Legislation, and Local Legislation).
How do we avoid putting waste in landfills?
By giving a second life to those products that have no value for the producer but do have value for other companies, foundations, and/or people.
By repairing some products which initially had no use so that they can continue to be used by third parties or companies.
By reorganizing the separation of waste at its origin so that it is possible for it to be directly handed over to the recycling facility. This implies training those involved in the waste management process.
By searching for alternative management options rather than the landfill, especially for certain types of waste that cannot be recycled.