Waste and End-of-Life Management

We work to minimize our environmental impact.

Good environmental management involves using our resources efficiently and keeping our wastes to a minimum. A variety of waste types, both solid and liquid, are produced in our operations.

Performance Overview

The majority of our wastes are managed through a waste management program or are treated on site according to specific legal and technical requirements. Where waste generation cannot be avoided, we seek to recycle waste or recover energy; using high calorific wastes to replace conventional fuels.

The company’s waste quantities vary annually according to production volume. Major activities such as a maintenance turnaround or a plant closure also influence a facility’s waste volumes.

Over half of LyondellBasell waste volume is disposed of in deep wells, which are geological rock formations which form a barrier to the water table, and are used for safe permanent disposal of watery waste streams containing low contaminant levels.

In 2015 our total waste volume disposal remained the same at 1,330 kilo-tonnes.  

Hazardous Waste

Our total volume of hazardous waste generated in 2016 was very slightly lower than the previous year at approximately 1,240 kilo-tonnes.

Non-Hazardous Waste

Our total volume of non-hazardous waste generated in 2016 was slightly higher at 155 kilo-tonnes

Excludes waste water

* Note: waste figures include deepwell water volumes, but do not include the treatment of process wastewater.

Beyond Recycling

We support the 4R’s philosophy of waste management: reduce, reuse, recycle and recover along the value chains for our products.

The product improvements that we have pioneered, such as stiffer and tougher polymers, enable our customers to produce plastics packaging with lower wall thicknesses - thereby achieving material reductions at the source.

Industry Fora

We participate in industry trade bodies which address climate protection and environmental impact along our supply chain. We support the high-level goals of reducing the amount of plastics waste sent to landfills and the development of improved recycling infrastructure in every country where we operate. The following is a list of some of the organizations and initiatives that we actively participate in.