Year 2014
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Waste (t/a)* 2014 2013 2012**
Conventional waste 12,100 11,900 13,000
Recycled waste 33,800 33,100 59,000
Hazardous waste 24,200 18,900 14,100
Total 70,100 63,900 86,100

* Excludes contaminated soil

** Figures for 2012 have been updated after the reporting period.

Refining waste

The majority of Neste Oil's waste, over 90%, is refining-related and generated at the company's refineries. The company's goal is to steadily reduce the amount of operating waste and to promote waste recycling. Waste management at Neste Oil's refineries is continually being developed and aims to identify new ways of making use of waste and residues. The primary goal is to recycle waste as material, and secondarily to use it for energy purposes.

The majority of the waste generated at the Rotterdam refinery is organic in nature and is exported off-site for use as compost or in the production of biogas. In addition to general waste, the Singapore refinery generates other types of waste, primarily spent bleaching clay, sludge, and oil-contaminated water, which is sent out for treatment to external licensed waste collectors in line with local legislation. Part of the spent bleaching clay is sent to incineration and part of it is sent for compost.

Reusing packaging

The majority of the products produced by Neste Oil are delivered to customers in bulk in dedicated tanks, rather than in consumer packaging. A number of products intended for consumers – such as lubricants, anti-freeze, windshield wash fluid, and bottled gas in Finland – are supplied in retail packaging. The packaging used for these products is covered by Finland's statutory recycling regulations. Neste Oil handles its packaging recovery obligations in this area through an agreement with the Environmental Register of Packaging PYR Ltd., which manages recycling on a centralized basis.

A plastic collection pilot was begun at the Porvoo refinery in 2014, collecting all plastic waste generated at the refinery's supply store and investigating reuse opportunities for it.

Office waste

Paper waste is collected and recycled at all Neste Oil offices. The company's single largest office, the head office in Espoo, has been involved in the WWF's Green Office program since 2008. Neste Oil has set an annual goal to reduce their amount of mixed and secure ICT waste by 5%. In 2014, we were able to reduce mixed convential waste by approx. 7% and secure IT waste by 19%.

The principles behind the Green Office program are also followed at the company's offices in Porvoo whenever possible.

Waste volumes at Neste Oil's head office (t/a) 2014 2013 2012
Mixed conventional waste 7.4 8.0 7.6
Secure ICT waste 25.2 30.9 29.2