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Waste

Waste (t/a) *)

  2013  2012**
2011 
Conventional waste  11,900  13,000  4,270
Recycled waste 33,100  59,000  61,010
Hazardous waste 18,900  14,100  24,400
Total 63,900  86,100  89,680

* Excludes contaminated soil.

** Figures from 2012 have been updated after the reporting period.

Refining waste

The majority of Neste Oil’s waste, over 90%, is generated at the company’s refineries. The goal is to steadily reduce the amount of operating waste and promote greater waste recycling.

Conventional oil refining is a very efficient production process in terms of material efficiency, and virtually all the waste produced during refining can be used in another process or to generate energy. Waste management at Neste Oil's refineries is continually being developed and aims to identify new ways of making use of waste streams. The primary goal is to recycle waste as material, and secondly to use it for energy purposes.

Read more about how efficiently Neste Oil recycles its waste

The majority of the waste generated at the Rotterdam refinery is organic in nature and is exported off-site for use as compost or in producing biogas, for example. In addition to ordinary waste, the Singapore refinery generates other types of waste, primarily bleaching clay, sludge, and oil-contaminated water, which is sent for treatment to a specialist outside contractor, in line with local legislation. Some of the bleaching clay from the site goes to a landfill.

Reusing packaging

The majority of the products produced by Neste Oil are delivered to customers in bulk in dedicated tanks rather than in consumer packaging. A number of products intended for consumers – such as lubricants, anti-freeze, windshield wash fluid, and bottled gas in Finland – are supplied in retail packaging. The packaging used for these products is covered by Finland's statutory recycling regulations. Neste Oil handles its packaging recovery obligations in this area through an agreement with the Environmental Register of Packaging PYR Ltd., which manages recycling on a centralized basis for registered companies.

Office waste

Paper waste is collected and recycled at all Neste Oil offices. The company's single largest office, Head Office in Espoo, has been involved in the WWF's Green Office program since 2008. As part of its participation, Neste Oil has targeted reducing mixed and secure ICT waste there by 5%, by improving office efficiency and procurement. The target was not achieved in 2013 as the amount of mixed waste increased by 5.3% and secure ICT waste by 5.8%. Increase in the waste amounts is partly due to increase in the office personnel. Enhancing waste awareness among the personnel will be continued in 2014. The principles behind the Green Office program are also followed at the company's offices in Porvoo wherever possible.

Waste volumes at Head Office, (t/a)

  2013  2012  2011 
Mixed conventional waste 8.0  7.6 5.6 
Secure ICT waste 30.9  29.2  21.0