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Waste management

The type of waste generated by IMA’s production activities consists mainly of mixed packaging materials, such as plastics and the like, cardboard, wood and glass. In addition, the plants that carry out mechanical processes on metal surfaces with chip removal generate waste consisting of residues such as iron and aluminium filings, ferrous scrap and other metals, such as aluminium, bronze and brass.
To a lesser extent, the waste resulting from the testing of the automatic machines produced also has to be considered. Tests are performed with the materials and products to be packaged, sent directly by Customers (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medicines, food, such as tea, coffee, stock cubes and cheese). Lastly, as regards liquid waste (which is in any case disposed of safely, so not discarded), IMA’s plants produce waste in the form of oily emulsions and used mineral oils generated by maintenance activities on workshop machine tools and on automatic machines being assembled and tested. In addition to these, other types of liquid waste produced are the water solutions that are the result of washing automatic machines after testing with the products to be packaged and with demineralized water.
Also to be considered is a small quantity of WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and electric cables (copper).

In Italy, all the waste produced from business activities at each plant is collected, separated by type and handed over to appointed waste disposal hauliers holding the necessary authorisations in compliance with the regulations. Waste is not held for longer than the maximum times established in the Italian Legislative Decree 152/2006 and preference is given to destinations where processing focuses on the recovery of materials or energy. Separate collection is also carried out in the office areas (such as for toner, paper and cardboard), as well as in the refreshment areas and in the canteen (plastic and organic): all employees have been trained and informed about the criteria for waste separation. With regard to IMA companies in the world, waste is managed in compliance with the current local regulations, using the specified recovery and disposal procedures.

Only 7.3% of the waste disposed of by IMA is classified as hazardous. 32.9% of the waste products produced by IMA in 2020 are to be recycled and reused; 8.4% for energy recovery.
Again in 2020, there were no significant spills or discharges of waste water containing chemicals, waste or fuels, reflecting successful implementation of the procedures that constitute the Environmental Management System and the awareness, training and care of staff.
The trend in data relating to waste produced and disposed of reflects a continuous improvement in the quality of the monitored data.
The 5.7% reduction in total waste produced in 2020, compared with 2019, was principally due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on production.

WASTE DISPOSED OF BY DISPOSAL METHOD (in tonnes)

  TOTAL 2018 TOTAL 2019 TOTAL 2020

 
  Hazardous waste Non-hazardous waste Total

Hazardous waste

Non-hazardous waste

Total

Hazardous waste

Non-hazardous waste

Total
2020

Recycling/Re-use 2.52 1,769.40 1,771.92

19.27

1,914.92

1,934.19

0.44

1,797.09

1,797.53

Energy recovery 64.10 64.10

82.92

82.92

460.67 460.67
Stocking and/or placing in reserve for recovery purposes 113.93 1,383.42 1,497.3

181.76

1,206.31

1,388.07

153.39

1,129.92

1,283.32

Incineration 3.88 135.38 139.26

27.80

134.20

162.00

11.11

34.26

45.37

Landfill 0.09 364.35 364.44

539.72

539.72

0.02 328.72 328.74
Other disposal operations (such as: purifier) 260.77 1,031.23 1,292.00

200.57

1,341.77

1,542.34

223.80

1,284.89

1,508.70

Stocking or placing in reserve for disposal purposes 124.40 85.99 210.39

75.56

69.53

145.09

7.76

32.73

40.49

TOTAL

505.57 4,833.88 5,339.45

504.96

5,289.37

5,794.33

396.53

5,068.28

5,464.81