Clonmel firm Abbott sends zero-waste to landfill

Abbott’s vascular facility in Clonmel is at the forefront of environmental practise, achieving significant results in waste reduction and recycling rates. As a result of these efforts the site is now sending zero-waste to landfill.

Abbott’s vascular facility in Clonmel is at the forefront of environmental practise, achieving significant results in waste reduction and recycling rates. As a result of these efforts the site is now sending zero-waste to landfill.

Abbott in Clonmel achieved zero-waste-to-landfill as part of the broader environmental programmes in place to continuously reduce waste, energy, greenhouse emissions and water consumption across Abbott’s global operations. The zero-waste-to-landfill programme has resulted in a recycling rate of 56 percent, with the remaining non-recyclable waste being sent for solid recovered fuel (SRF) treatment where it is used in the production of cement. This means waste is no longer being sent to landfill, which gives greater protection to the environment.

“Safeguarding the environment is an integral part of Abbott’s mission to improve people’s health and we are playing an important and innovative part in supporting Abbott’s global goal to reduce the total waste produced by 50 per cent by 2015”, said William Boxwell, Site Director at Abbott Vascular, Clonmel.

“In terms of waste management, we look at all the alternatives to disposal that can be incorporated into our facility. Reuse, recycle and most importantly waste reduction and prevention initiatives are now an integral part of the business.”

Examples of high performance waste management practises at Abbott’s vascular facility in Clonmel include; waste awareness and education programmes for all staff, the continual tracking and review of waste reduction and recycling goals, working with vendors to reduce packaging and other waste as well as formal employee waste training programs and in house waste segregation audits.

Boxwell paid tribute to the commitment of employees to achieving zero-waste-to-landfill status. “Employee engagement was instrumental in the success of the project, with all our employees participating in and actively promoting waste minimisation and recycling practises. This achievement is a tribute to everyone working in Abbott in Clonmel.”

The zero-waste-to-landfill programme was also implemented at Abbott’s diagnostic facilities in Sligo and Longford and its nutrition facility in Cootehill. These four sites have cumulatively diverted more than 340 tonnes from landfill since 2009, which is the equivalent of eliminating the waste of 420 Irish households per year.