” Green matters – reforestation in Colombia Waste 2015 waste disposal 38 1% Landfill 3% Reuse 21% Recycle 75% Recover As part of compliance activities, arising from our permits to operate and use surface water granted in 2013, AAK Colombia has carried out a reforestation plan that includes planting and maintenance of 1,500 seedlings of native species. It is worth mentioning that the company allocated four hectares of its own land for this activity. Previously we had made another planting of 1,000 seedlings, contributing to the maintenance of our environmental corridor which warrants conservation of wildlife and water supply from the Monos Creek, an important tributary of the Ocoa River, very close to our production facility. This year we are in the process of reforesting 500 seedlings of native species for protective forest. This activity is taking place within the biological corridor between the Paramo Chingaza and Sumapaz. The site was selected together with environmental entities to contribute to the national ecotourism project called the “Ecological Path of the Birds”, which was approved by the national environmental authority. Sandra Milena Velasquez Quality Manager and Continuous Improvement, AAK Colombia During 2015, AAK’s production plants generated 106,000 MT of waste. This is a decrease of 4.5 percent compared to 2014. 99.6 percent of the total amount of waste was nonhazardous. In waste disposal, there is a clear, very determined effort towards reducing waste going to landfill. New acquisitions joining the AAK Group have had less waste disposal focus and their challenge have been to improve waste management to a level that meets AAK’s objective for 2015, which was sending less than 1.5 percent to landfill. Changes to U.S. legislation regarding the handling of used bleaching earth have also presented a challenge.
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