Responsible waste management

Published on 3/6/2023

Updated on 11/20/2023

For many years, SILAB has produced no final waste!

The results have remained stable in 2022: waste is either recycled (92%) or incinerated to produce energy (8%).

In order to maintain this policy in spite of increased activities, considerable work is being done upstream to reduce the quantity of waste generated and downstream to find solutions for its potential reuse.

Well identified collection areas

If it is impossible to reduce or reuse this waste, SILAB makes sure it is correctly collected. Specific and well labeled sorting areas therefore exist for each type of waste.

A dedicated area “SILAB Collects” is available for staff to recycle batteries, neon tubes, light bulbs, printer cartridges, plastic caps, etc. 

Espace « SILAB Collecte »
“SILAB Collects” area

No later than 2025, SILAB will install a dedicated area to centralize waste management at a scale consistent with the development of its activities.

What is the fate of SILAB waste?

SILAB traces the entire trajectory of its waste all the way to its reuse.

  • Ordinary industrial waste (OIW) : Production of electricity and energy recuperation to power a local factory (Brive)
  • Infectious clinical waste (ICW) : Production of heating gas for a residential neighborhood of 4,000 households (at 100 km from SILAB)
  • HDPE plastic : Manufacture of cables, tubing, tubes, water buckets, cleaning product containers, toys, plastic bags, garbage bags, etc.
  • Cardboard : Production of RCF (Recycle cellulose fibers) that will become cardboard, paper towels, newsprint, writing paper, etc.
  • Scrap metal : Remelting in a metallurgy plant to create new products
  • Sediment sludge, soil and filter plates : Preparation of compost according to French standard NF U44-095, used within a radius of 50 km around our site.

SILAB currently has 20 different sorting channels, and the environment team works daily with its dedicated recycling providers to identify new ones as soon as possible.

Give a second life

SILAB practices the optimized management of the end-of-life of its equipment.

  • Donations of computer equipment and office furniture to a local associations
  • Donations of personal protection garments to animal shelters
Récupération de meubles inutilisés par la Ressourcerie Gaillarde
Recuperation of unused furniture by a local association

Collective mobilization

For several years, the staff of SILAB and of neighboring companies have participated in the grass-roots World Cleanup Day movement.

In 2023, during this operation of roadside waste collection near our site, 56 kg of waste are collected in one hour. Paper, plastic, metal, cigarette butts… this waste is sorted and reused by certified recycling organizations.

World clean up day SILAB 2023
World Cleanup Day - 2023 edition

In-house awareness programs

The Environment team conducts regular awareness programs with the staff. Exhibits, sharing information, quizzes, collections… are among the tools used to heighten awareness to this major challenge for saving our planet and for guidance towards an eco-responsible attitude.

European waste week is always a good opportunity to inform and involve employees in dedicated initiatives. In 2022, for example, a phones recycling campaign was carried out. They were collected and sent to a specialized organization for reuse or recycling, depending on their state. In 2023, bio-waste awareness were organized to encourage this sorting.

Opération de recyclage de téléphone