Corporate Carbon Footprint: Benefits of seperate collection and recycling of packaging waste

Waste and especially packaging waste has a negative image in society. The ARA System – Austria's leading waste management scheme – put very much effort in separate collection, sorting, recycling and recovery of all fractions of packaging waste.

Waste and especially packaging waste has a negative image in society. The ARA System – Austria’s leading waste management scheme – put very much effort in separate collection, sorting, recycling and recovery of all fractions of packaging waste. The aim of the project was to develop a model for the calculation of the benefits of recycling and recovery in order to improve image, communication and education of business clients and public.

 

Methodology

The calculation of the Corporate Carbon Footprint of the activities of the ARA system is based in EN ISO 14044 LCA. It covers internal resource consumption, separate collection & transport, sorting, recycling and recovery of waste paper, glass, plastics, metals and wood. Efforts due to material and fossil resource consumption and benefits from avoided primary production and energy production are taken into account.

 

Which results have been achieved?

Due to separate waste collection and recycling 620,000 t of CO2-equivalent can be saved. The results are provided year by year starting in 1998 for total ARA System and by packaging waste fraction. Improvements in all phases e.g. energy efficiency, optimisation of transport, better quality of recycling materials and therefor increase in market demand for recycling materials are figured out impressively.

 

What was the concrete benefit?

The client has a strong tool with reviewed results based on hard facts. Results are used in communication in principle. An additional analysis enables the ARA System to provide CO2 saving certificates for their clients based on packaging masses and fractions licenced by the ARA system.

 

Feedback of ARA AG

“ARA’s compliance service is synonymous with proactive climate protection: The separate collection and recovery of 800,000 t packaging waste helps save resources and around 620,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents per year, which contributes substantially to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Country:
Austria
Sector:
Waste management

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