Process Residuals and other Wastes
Including tailings; slag; sludge; waste heat; fibres; shavings; fly ash; organic waste (including food waste; animal waste; human waste; paper and cardboard); medical waste; textile waste; plastics; e-waste; building and construction waste; and other process residuals and waste.
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Tackling Plastic Pollution: A pioneering methodology to measure plastic leakage and identify its pathways into the environment
This comprehensive publication provides the first science-based methodology to map and measure plastic leakage across corporate value chains. Part of the Plastic Leak Project, this document will provide sustainability managers and corporate decision-makers with a framework for understanding where (and how much) leakage is occurring, and will help you to create impactful strategies and actions that effectively address plastic pollution and mitigate key business risks. Also available is a Plastic Leak Project Brief, which provides decision-makers with an overview of the guidelines, a summary of the challenges they help address, the business value of this metrics-based approach to building a plastics strategy, and more.
This annual report from ReSource: Plastic and WWF provides an update on how member companies are addressing plastic pollution and identifying new opportunities to maximise positive impact. In addition to highlighting results and progress, this report provides recommendations for action both internal to company supply chains and across wider multi-stakeholder efforts. This is a good source of information for change agents that want to learn about the efforts of multinational corporate leaders in reducing their plastic waste.
This groundbreaking report from the Minderoo Foundation reveals the perpetrators and enablers of the plastic waste crisis, and highlights both the trajectory of this issue and the impacts it will have on peoples and the environment. This report can help you to understand which companies are driving this crisis; which companies are making real efforts to create a circular plastics economy; and how virgin polymer production is expected to grow or decline in the future.
Produced by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), this guide will help you to develop and implement consistent site-specific tailings management systems, and especially at new facilities. Designed to be applicable by mining facilities anywhere in the world, this guide provides a broadly applicable tailings management framework and a detailed planning rubric.
E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams. This platform from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) can help you understand the scale and flows of e-waste around the world. It features global monitoring reports that provide an overview of e-waste statistics, relevant legislation, potential solutions, and health impacts. It also hosts a selection of regional- and national-level reports, future e-waste scenarios, and additional statistics. The data provided will be most useful to sustainability and supply chain management teams seeking to address e-waste challenges in their operations and value chain.
This resource from Second Harvest explains how nearly 9 million metric tonnes of food is lost or wasted by the food industry in Canada each year. The report uses field-to-fork life cycle analysis to show how - and why - food loss and waste occur. This is a good starting point for building awareness around the magnitude of food waste, regardless of geographic context; for understanding the differences between avoidable and unavoidable waste; and for understanding the kinds of immediate and long-term solutions that should be pursued to reduce food loss and food waste.
This report from Second Harvest explores food loss and waste across the industrial spectrum in Canada. It can help you to understand the causes and scale of the problem, the implications and opportunities for communities and business, and solutions for positive change that can be amplified.
Although the information here is centred around the Canadian context, many of the recommendations and insights are applicable regardless of geography.
If your business is looking for new ways to reduce food waste, this article from Triple Pundit highlights four changes that can help to reduce efficiencies and loss: AI-enhanced inventory management, digital food recovery platforms, smarter packaging, and upcycling food byproducts.