In compliance with UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004 standards, Alcalagres makes selective waste collection within its premises, placing separate bins for each type of waste in certain places and identifying them with signs or labels to facilitate waste collection and recycling.
Containers are of proper types and sizes, according to the types of waste. All containers are leak proof, are made of materials that cannot affected by the trash they hold nor can they combine with it to form hazardous compounds, and are strong enough to withstand handling without suffering any significant physical transformation.
Waste produced and managed in our plant includes:
-Sludge: Produced during material grinding, in drying areas or in polishing processes. Sludge is regularly collected by a licensed waste carrier.
-Inert waste: Comprising broken, disposed of, or unfit-for-use rustic or polished porcelain tiles. Inert waste is put into containers in the production area and is recycled in the plant to make new specific-model tiles.
-Paper: Office waste paper is thrown away in bins marked as “Paper only”. This type of waste comprises outdated file folders as well. Both waste paper and folders are collected by a provider of document destruction and paper shredding services, who transfers shredded paper to authorised recycling points.
-Cardboard: Produced in packing and marketing areas. It is disposed of in special bins that are regularly collected and transferred to a destruction and recycling facility.
-Plastic: Unfit-for-use plastic containers that have not stored hazardous substances or compounds are thrown away in special containers that are then carried to recycling centres.
-Wood and pallet waste: If it cannot be reused, this type of waste is collected daily and delivered to the licensed carrier, who will take it to a recycling point.
-Pruning waste: This type of waste is produced in the green areas of the plant. It is collected and carried to registered landfills by the company providing maintenance services.
-Urban solid waste: This type of waste is put into black rubbish bins for organic waste and yellow ones for cans, bottles, and boxes. The bins, marked as “Urban solid waste,” can be found all over the plant. The cleaning service picks the bins’ contents and puts them into containers that go to landfills (organic waste) or recycling centres (cans, bottles, and so on).
-Toner and inkjet printer cartridges: Used in the plant’s offices, they are kept in the General Service storage room to be picked by the printer consumables provider later.
-City sludge: Sludge accumulated in the treatment system is collected by a licensed non-hazardous waste carrier on a regular basis and transported to a sewage treatment plant.
-Liquid industrial waste: Produced in the successive stages of the porcelain tile manufacturing process, it flows in pipes into settling basins, where depending on turbidity analysis and other tests, it goes through different processes until it meets the requirements set forth in local regulations to be discharged into the drainage system, under the supervision of Environment Department staff.