We believe the more efficient our processes are, the less waste we produce and the less energy and resources we consume.
In 2017 our hazardous waste decreased by 63 percent while our non-hazardous waste increased by 21 percent, relative to 2015 levels. The continued trend in hazardous waste reduction, despite the company’s increase in size and operations, stems from several factors, including the re-characterization of some materials from hazardous to non-hazardous, changing regulations and improving segregation practices. However, the significant reduction in hazardous waste is primarily a result of our efforts toward our waste goals. Axalta maintains a specific hierarchy of waste management practices. We always first try to reuse a product or sell it as a useful product. After that, we recycle or reclaim, then utilize waste to energy, and finally use incineration, treatment or another disposal method. The result of this hierarchy is that we are continuously discovering new ways to reuse and divert our materials from the landfill.
By year-end 2022, reduce total waste by 5 percent (normalized to production) from a baseline year of 2017.
Consistently track and improve control over process safety incident and severity rates to reduce frequency by the end of 2022.
We continue to improve our efforts in tracking and reporting waste by end-type as we integrate our acquisitions into our business.
Our Mt. Clemens facility in Michigan aims to reduce as much waste as possible throughout its operations. It has an extensive system to recycle waste from processing, offices, wastewater and electronics. The Mt. Clemens site was one of our first facilities to recover solvent waste from the process. The solvent that is recovered is sold as a product to other companies. We also have a two-step wastewater filtration system at the site that enables solids and liquids to be separated and treated on- and off-site. As a result of our efforts, the Mt. Clemens site received an award in 2017 from Honda North America in recognition of excellence in waste stewardship.