Waste & Recycling
Primary resources and waste recycling
From recovering the metallic content of our melting shop dust to our commitment to becoming a zero-waste company, it’s no stretch to say that Aperam is a recycling champion.
> Steel is an endlessly reusable product, meaning it is an input in both our industrial process and our end product. This is a unique property, and one that Aperam is fully committed to optimising. Recyco, our European recycling unit, is dedicated to recovering and treating the metallic content from melting shop dust and sending it back for reuse. Furthermore, to become a zero-waste company, all our units are working to address the hazardous wastes that they produce, especially the slags, dust and acids.
As of 2017, 88% of our waste is recycled, 2% reused, and 4% stored until new solutions are finalised. This means that only 6% of Aperam’s waste ends up in the landfill.
> Of course, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the commitment of our individual sites. For example, at Timoteo, our Cruzinheiro project deals with extracting dust that has been stored since the 1970s. Using new technology to efficiently treat the dust, so far we have recovered 89 tons. It is estimated that the entire stock will be removed by 2021.
> In 2017, our Châtelet site collected approximately 20,000 beverage cans – representing nearly half the site’s annual consumption – and directly recycled them at the melting shop. The programme is regularly being expanded to include new materials like the recycling of plastic bottles and cups, batteries, print cartridges, Styrofoam and clothes.
The site also implemented a heavy cleaning to recuperate sludge from the hot strip mill’s water treatment station. This resulted in more than 500 barrels being filled and sent to nearby recovery centres.
> Our Gueugnon site is working to recover slag loaded with metallic oxides from an out-of-use cooling system. The collected material is being sent to a specialised centre for treatment. The site is also renovating its cold rolling line’s storage area in order to improve the collection of waste and rainwater.