Reduce waste

Our goal is to reduce waste generated at our own production facilities.

Our commitment

At Swedish Match we work continuously and systematically to assess risk and reduce the negative impact on the environment. We enhance the effectiveness of our work by a Group-common approach and by sharing best practices.

Managing environmental performance

The majority of our production facilities (10 of 13) are ISO 14001 certified. Non-certified factories are our match factories in Curitiba and Piraí do Sul, Brazil, as well as the Silkeborg factory for smokeless products in Denmark. As part of our environmental management, we continuously assess risk and work to reduce impact on the environment. Environmental impact from our production facilities mainly constitutes the use of energy, materials, chemicals as well as waste and emissions to air and water from different processing steps. All facilities have action plans to continuously improve their environmental performance. This work has been in focus in our production facilities for a long time, it is directed locally and, to a large extent, in close dialogue with local authorities and other stakeholders.

Reducing waste

During the year, we have completed a material flow analysis for all our facilities1), including input flows to our systems in terms of materials, chemicals and energy as well as output flows in terms of products, packaging material, waste and emissions to air and water flows. The results of this analysis have led us to conclude that emissions to air and water flows from our facilities are low and within limits of requirements set in our environmental permits. Potential issues that could arise in our regular risk assessments are handled as part of our local environmental management.

The results have also led us to conclude that, as for our Group-wide focus on environmental issues other than greenhouse gases, we focus on reducing waste generated in our own operations. We have set Group-common targets for waste at our own facilities as well as treatment of this waste. One target is to keep total waste volumes constant at the same time as, according to projections, production volumes increase for the majority of our product categories. Other targets aim to push waste up the waste hierarchy, away from landfill and towards recovery and recycling, as well as to reduce hazardous waste.

In addition to set targets, we continue to work to reduce the use of packaging material and other materials associated with our products. We look for alternative materials that are partly renewable and/or recycled, and with lower carbon intensity, and we continue to look into possibilities to increase the recycling rate for packaging material at the end of product life.


1) Excluding the Silkeborg factory acquired on August 31, 2017.

 

Total waste (metric tons)201720161)
Non-hazardous waste24,11623,918
Hazardous waste689772
Hazardous waste (per unit of production)2)0.100.11
Total waste24,80524,691
Total waste (per MSEK sales)1.51.6
Total waste (per unit of production)2)15.615.6

1) Restated due to refined data collection.

2) Unit of production uses weighted average based on millions of cigars, matches, lighters and cans of snus and thousands of pounds of chewing tobacco.

 

Treatment method (metric tons)(%)201720161)
Recovery, including energy recovery7718,98819,248
Landfill122,9812,458
  Landfill (per unit of production)2)76
Recycling81,9331,839
Hazardous waste treatment3689772
Composting1215374

1) Restated due to refined data collection.

2) Unit of production uses weighted average based on millions of cigars, matches, lighters and cans of snus and thousands of pounds of chewing tobacco.