Near Zero-Waste

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The near zero-waste concept aims to divert all waste from landfill and incineration and prevent any discharge to land, water or air that would negatively affect the environment and human health, by redefining “waste”. To be able to reach our near zero-waste target we use resources more efficiently, prevent and reduce waste resulting from our operations, and improve the effectiveness of separating waste at its source. Arçelik aims to be a global role model for its industry in waste management.

 

To meet the near zero-waste target:

  • We use resources more efficiently, prevent and reduce waste resulting from our operations, and improve the effectiveness of separating waste at its source.

  • We invest in technologies that consume fewer resources and reduce the amount of raw materials, our chemical consumption and waste generation by rebuilding product design and manufacturing processes.

  • We design recyclable products with reduced environmental impact.

Thanks to these practices endorsing circular economy, we reduce waste generation and the amount of waste regularly sent to landfills or for incineration, excluding those sent for energy recovery.

By the end of 2020, we recycled 98% of our waste in Turkey, and therefore achieved our 2020 target.

In line with the near zero-waste concept, we aim to increase the waste recycling rate in manufacturing to 99% in global operations by 2030. We continue our training, information, and reward efforts to spread zero waste awareness sustainably. And we support the Zero Waste Project of the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

Waste Reduction Projects in 2020

  • At our Dishwasher Plant in Ankara, Turkey, we prevented 1.5 tons of hazardous waste by using intermediate bulk container (IBC) tanks instead of barrels in production.

  • We prevented 10.6 tons of powder paint waste peryear in Arçelik Washing Machine Plant in Çayırova,Turkey by collecting and reusing the paint wastes pilled into the powder paint booth.

  • We prevented 200 tons of non-hazardous wastegeneration thanks to improvements in the moldingprocess at Arçelik Tumble Dryer Plant in Tekirdağ,Turkey.

  • We prevented 124 tons of metal waste by transitionto a reusable plastic condenser holder instead of asingle-use condenser holder in Arçelik Refrigerator Plant in Eskişehir, Turkey.

  • At Arçelik Electronics Plant in Tekirdağ, Turkey,we prevented both WEEE and packaging wastegeneration by using reusable boxes instead ofsingle-use packaging in product exchanges with services. Thanks to the project, we reduced 78 tons of WEEE and 11 tons of packaging waste.

  • We replaced the plastic bag for user manuals with a paper bag at our Refrigerator Plant in Rayong, Thailand. Thanks to this project, we eliminated 1.5 tons of plastic waste per year. In addition, we reduced 3 tons of paper usage per year by rearranging the size, the number of pages, and font of the user manuals.

  • Thanks to the changes made in the product design, we reduced 2.3 tons of aluminum usage per year at our Refrigerator Plant in Rayong, Thailand.

  • We prevented 24 tons of steel scrap waste previously managed as non-hazardous waste by reusing at our Defy Refrigerating Appliances Plant in Ezakheni, South Africa.

  • We collaborate with a production company in the scope of industrial symbiosis, and we sold our scrap metals produced at the Defy Cooking Appliances, Dryer and Washing Machine Plant in Jacobs, South Africa to the company to be used as raw materials.

AA1000 verification statement of Arçelik waste data of Turkey operations is shared in our 2020 Sustainability Report.

Zero Waste Private Sector Award

Our achievements in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) management and the Zero Waste Project were awarded the Zero Waste Private Sector Award by the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Environment and Urbanization in 2019.

In addition to Turkey, we also fulfill our responsibilities as a manufacturer under the WEEE management in other countries where we operate as required by authorized organizations in which we are a member.