2013: Van Gansewinkel gave a second life to more than 80 percent of waste

Source: Van Gansewinkel Group

Eindhoven, The Netherlands — Again Van Gansewinkel succeeded in giving 81,5 percent of the processed waste a second life in the form of raw material of green energy. This emerges from the sustainability report 2013, published few days ago by the waste service provider, recycler and supplier of high-quality secondary raw materials. In so doing, Van Gansewinkel prevented 1.23 million ton of CO2 emissions in the chain in 2013.

Van Gansewinkel has emerged from a year of transition, during which the focus was on reducing costs and improving the competitive position of our waste collection business. CEO Cees van Gent balanced: „That our customers received the same service from us during our organisational changes as before is demonstrated by the fact that the Customer Experience Award was presented to us for the fifth time in a row. I´m proud that we achieved that together. Last year we also received the Recycling Prize, which is awarded for environmental quality and corporate social responsibility. The way in which Van Gansewinkel plays a connecting role in the circular economy was decisive in the attribution of this prize.“

Amongst others, the 2013 sustainability figures contain:

  • Percentage waste to raw material: 62.4 percent (2012: 62.7 percent)
  • Percentage waste given a second life as green energy: 19.1 percent (2012: 18.8 percent)
  • Total percentage waste given a second life: 81,5 percent (2012: 81,5 percent)
  • Prevented CO2 emissions: 1.23 Mton (2012: 1.11 Mton)
  • Accident frequency: 8.6 (2012: 8.2)
  • Severity rate of incidents: 0.34 (2012: 0.36)
  • Male-female ratio: 83 percent vs 17 percent (2012: 82 percent vs 18 percent)
  • Sickness absence: 4.0 percent (2012: 4.3 percent)
  • Customer satisfaction: 8.2 percent (2012: 8.2 percent)

Sustainability objectives

Van Gansewinkel makes an active effort to optimise its customers’ waste management. In this way, the waste service provider ensures that its customers produce as little residual waste as possible. Van Gansewinkel also supplies raw materials to purchasers with the aim of replacing primary raw materials and reducing their use. In doing so, in accordance with its mission and vision, Van Gansewinkel makes an important and useful contribution to the solution of the global scarcity of raw materials and the worldwide focus on sustainability. Strategically speaking, this offers the company numerous opportunities for the future. That is why the sustainability objectives are constantly refined.

The main objective of Van Gansewinkel is to raise the percentage of waste that goes on to serve as a raw material to 70 percent in the coming years. With this the total percentage of waste that receives a second life can amount to 95 percent. The types of waste that Van Gansewinkel is offered for processing make that the highest attainable objective.

A deeper understanding of Van Gansewinkel’s sustainability performances can be obtained via the sustainability report.

Source:  Van Gansewinkel Groep