Last Update:
Mar. 10, 2011
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Waste management

  • Audits at external waste management companies
  • Start of remediation of a contaminated site at a former Ciba location
  • 1.86 million metric tons of waste from production in 2010

Wherever possible, we try to prevent or reduce waste. After all recovery options have been exhausted, we dispose of waste in a correct and environmentally compatible manner. BASF’s own landfill sites are continuously monitored and the findings are reported to the responsible specialist and approval authorities. We regularly carry out audits of external waste management companies. When we make acquisitions, we apply the same standards for responsible management of landfill sites and contaminated sites in accordance with our legal obligations. For example, after extensive planning, remediation began in 2010 at the former hazardous waste landfill Le Letten in eastern France, a contaminated site of a former Ciba location.

Worldwide, BASF produced around 1.86 million metric tons of waste in 2010 (2009: 1.69 million metric tons). Oil and gas exploration accounted for 0.06 million metric tons. Around 48.5% of our waste was recycled or subjected to thermal recovery (2009: 42%); we aim to further increase this rate. The residual waste was disposed of by underground storage (15.8%), through incineration (50.5%) and by landfilling (33.7%). According to the customary international categories, around 464,500 metric tons of the waste we disposed of was classified as hazardous and approximately 492,700 metric tons as non-hazardous.

At the Ludwigshafen site, changes in legal requirements and greater demolition and construction activity led to a larger percentage of our waste being classified as hazardous in 2010. This reclassification of previously non-hazardous waste did not result in an increased release of pollutants into the environment.

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