Continuously improved performance

Waste disposal (in %)

G4-EN23

In 2015, Bunge Brasil reduced solid waste generation in its industrial operations by approximately 13%. In all the businesses, the proportion of waste disposed sustainably increased significantly. This increase was due to the improvement of the solid waste management plans implemented in the industrial plants, as well as the achievement of waste generation reduction targets.

The proper management of solid waste and effluents, with appropriate treatment and disposal, as well as reduction targets, is key to decreasing harmful impacts on biodiversity. Bunge strives to ensure the environmentally correct disposal of its industrial waste, mainly production inputs and packaging, as well as maintaining operational controls aimed at reducing the consumption of raw materials. For example, at the Santos mill in São Paulo, wheat flour residues are used in composting. Whereas in the Sugar & Bioenergy mills filter cake, a process by-product, is reused as fertilizer in the sugarcane plantations. With measures such as these, the company boosted the sustainable destination of its manufacturing waste from 85% in 2014 to 93% in 2015, an improvement of 9.4%.

However, each metric ton produced at Bunge still generates 104 grams of waste, disposal of which must be improved. To drive improved performance in this area, the company has established a target of reducing the non-sustainable disposal of waste by 5% in 2016.

To reduce the main process risks and impacts, such as soil and water contamination, degrading working conditions and co-responsibility for environmental pollution, Bunge also monitors the performance of its service providers. This involves a detailed checklist and an audit program to assess supplier compliance with environmental and labor legislation, environmental management, labor conditions and occupational health and safety. The company is in full agreement with Brazil's national solid waste policy, working with industry associations and business coalitions to encounter the most efficient solutions.

Effluents

Every effort is made to manage the liquid effluents generated by our operations with a view to reducing environmental impacts. Whenever possible these effluents are used in other processes, as is the case with vinasse, for example. Moreover, effluents are treated in wastewater treatments plants prior to discharge in accordance with legal parameters. In 2015, there was a spill involving approximately 18 m³ of vinasse at the Ouroeste mill in São Paulo, which impacted a permanent preservation area and its respective water body. The mill responded promptly to this accident, employing the following measures: construction of a containment barrier on the boundary of the preservation area; the substitution of old piping and improvements in safety equipment; corrective and preventive measures were taken, such as the definition of safe vinasse application limits.

G4-EN24

 

WATER DISCHARGE BY QUALITY AND DESTINATION (M3)

G4-EN22

Sugar & Bioenergy

 

2013

2014

2015

Disposal

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

Surface water

-

-

4,356

-

4,482

-

Infiltration in soil

-

-

345,600

-

432,700

-

Reuse

-

19,838,317

-

23,243,734

-

21,209,854

Total

-

19,838,317

349,956

23,243,734

437,182

21,209,854

Agribusiness

 

2013

2014

2015

Disposal

WTP/Tank

WTP/Tank

WTP/Tank

Surface water

869,525

1,051,456

834,913

Reuse

190,303

190,648

325,631

Total

1,059,828

1,242,104

1,160,544

Foods & Ingredients

 

2013

2014

2015

Disposal

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

Surface water

233,956

2,160,000

-

900,828

278,938

300,000

Infiltration in soil

-

-

-

-

9,011

-

Reuse

-

-

130,000

-

103,990

-

Sewage network

705,404

-

603,098

-

68,874

-

Total

939,360

2,160,000

733,098

900,828

460,813

300,000

Bunge Brasil

 

2013

2014

2015

Disposal

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

WTP/Tank

Direct from process *

Surface water

1,103,481

2,160,000

1,055,812

900,828

1,118,333

300,000

Infiltration in soil

-

-

345,600

-

441,711

-

Reuse

190,303

19,838,317

320,648

23,243,734

429,621

21,209,854

Sewage network

705,404

-

603,098

-

68,874

-

Total

1,999,188

21,998,317

2,325,158

24,144,562

2,058,539

21,509,854

 

 

 

DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE BY TYPE

G4-EN23

Sugar & Bioenergy

 

2013

2014

2015

Non-hazardous waste (t)

8,982

4,800

5,746

Recovery and reuse

1,561

59

1,112

Recycling

4,752

3,861

3,832

Landfarming

-

 

-

Composting

-

69

96

Incineration with energy recovery

-

 

-

Landfill

2,668

809

364

Incineration with no energy recovery

-

-

-

On site storage

-

-

-

Others

-

2

342

Hazardous waste (t)

1,057

925

1,190

Recovery and reuse

767

402

305

Recycling

270

104

335

Incineration with energy recovery

-

 

-

Incineration with no energy recovery

6

158

126

Landfill

13

120

53

On site storage

-

 

-

Others

-

141

11

Co-processing

-

-

360

Total

10,038

5,725

6,936

kg waste /t produced

0.53

0.29

0.34

Variation % (2015-2014)

17.20%

Agribusiness

 

2013

2014

2015

Non-hazardous waste (t)

33,638

29,641

26,256

Recovery and reuse

1,256

363

3,287

Recycling

1,865

1,908

1,299

Landfarming

-

-

-

Composting

25,888

23,489

2,720

Incineration with energy recovery

-

-

-

Landfill

2,380

1,123

1,275

Incineration with no energy recovery

-

-

-

On site storage

685

1,470

3,451

Others

1,565

1,288

14,224

Hazardous waste (t)

627

801

1,769

Recovery and reuse

132

83

396

Recycling

423

564

390

Incineration with energy recovery

-

-

467

Incineration with no energy recovery

30

-

9

Landfill

36

13

309

On site storage

6

141

197

Others

-

-

1

Total

34,264

30,442

28,025

kg waste /t produced

4.24

3.7

3.26

Variation % (2015-2014)

-11.89%

Foods & Ingredients

 

2013

2014

2015

Non-hazardous waste (t)

22,807

15,402

10,227

Recovery and reuse

1,839

-

123

Recycling

4,560

5,189

2,206

Landfarming

4,191

2,005

-

Composting

9,835

5,795

5,441

Incineration with energy recovery

515

-

27

Landfill

1,864

1,272

1,161

Incineration with no energy recovery

1

-

-

On site storage

-

1,140

-

Others

-

-

1,267

Hazardous waste (t)

820

423

650

Recovery and reuse

95

78

2

Recycling

1

42

428

Incineration with energy recovery

22

-

60

Incineration with no energy recovery

694

15

5

Landfill

7

227

11

On site storage

-

-

12

Others

2

61

132

Total

23,626

15,825

10,877

kg waste /t produced

10.31

7.43

5.69

Variation % (2015-2014)

-23.11%

Bunge Brasil

 

2013

2014

2015

Non-hazardous waste (t)

65,426

49,843

42,228

Recovery and reuse

4,656

422

4,522

Recycling

11,177

10,958

7,338

Landfarming

4,191

2,005

-

Composting

35,724

29,354

8,255

Incineration with energy recovery

515

-

-

Landfill

6,912

3,204

2,800

Incineration with no energy recovery

-

-

32

On site storage

685

2,610

3,449

Others

1,565

1,291

15,832

Hazardous waste (t)

2,503

2,149

3,609

Recovery and reuse

994

563

703

Recycling

694

710

1,156

Incineration with energy recovery

22

-

886

Incineration with no energy recovery

730

173

138

Landfill

56

360

372

On site storage

6

141

209

Others

2

201

145

Total

67,929

51,992

45,837

kg waste /t produced

2.31

1.73

1.49

Variation % (2015-2014)

-13.87%

* direct process effluents include:

1.     Foods & Ingredients: vacuum generation system in the concentrators at the Araçatuba unit, in which water is withdrawn and discharged with no significant alterations in quality, 

2.      Sugar & Bioenergy: Vinasse and residual water generated in the ethanol manufacturing process which is used in fertigation on the sugarcane plantations. 

 

 

WASTE DISPOSAL BY QUALITY

G4-EN23

Sugar & Bioenergy

 

2013

2014

2015

Sustainable disposal

73%

79%

92%

Non-sustainable disposal

27%

21%

8%

Agribusiness

 

2013

2014

2015

Sustainable disposal

86%

87%

94%

Non-sustainable disposal

14%

13%

6%

Foods & Ingredients

 

2013

2014

2015

Sustainable disposal

89%

83%

89%

Non-sustainable disposal

11%

17%

11%

Bunge Brasil

 

2013

2014

2015

Sustainable disposal

85%

85%

93%

Non-sustainable disposal

15%

15%

7%

 

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