19/03/2020 - EnvironmentGlobal Recycling Day is an opportunity to take stock of Vallourec’s actions to promote a circular economy. The reuse of our waste is central to this proactive policy, launched a few years ago. The Group’s recycling rate has gradually increased to reach 96% at the end of 2019. This is the result of all the initiatives implemented by teams across all our regions.
The circular economy, a change of perspectiveThe circular economy aims to change our model by ensuring natural resources are used rationally and by limiting the environmental impact at every stage of a product’s life. The recycling and reuse of some people’s waste, which becomes a raw material for others, is part of this process.
What is Global Recycling Day?Global Recycling Day is an initiative of the BIR (Bureau of International Recycling).
How to contribute to this new model?In 2019, the Group generated 669,000 metric tons of all kinds of waste through its operations.
Reduce waste volumesA study is underway to reduce the use of plastic in the production of protectors by using bio-based plastics, which would limit our impact on the environment.
ReuseSome waste can be reintroduced or reused, either in our processes or externally.
RecyleRecycling is the most important recovery route for waste specific to our activities.
Goals for the futureBuilding on this progress, the Group intends to go even further and reach a recycling rate of 98% by 2025, i.e. a reduction of around 15,000 metric tons of non-recycled waste, in particular by reducing landfills.