We continually seek out the best practices in waste management, including reducing the amount of hazardous waste generated by our production process. Our new global waste reduction strategy, currently in development, will enable us to achieve our recently published waste reduction goal. A core part of our waste reduction approach is identifying opportunities to reduce the use of single-use plastic and paper waste through innovation and leveraging technology.
Several initiatives achieved success in waste management, recycling, and reuse at a number of our facilities throughout 2020.
Our Bensheim site has been certified in accordance with EMAS since 1996. EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a European Union environmental management scheme through which companies can improve their environmental performance. It goes beyond the requirements of the environmental management standard ISO 14 001 and promotes best practice in environmentally sustainable operations.
As well as EMAS, Dentsply Sirona Germany is also a member of the Hessian Environmental Alliance which works to reinforce members’ responsibility for the environment, to reduce bureaucracy and encourage environmental protection.
In 2015, the Bensheim site established ambitious energy-related saving targets through the “Learning Energy Efficiency Network Frankfurt Energy Rhine Main” environmental agreement, along with nine other employers in the region.
The Bensheim site sets itself targets within the framework of Dentsply Sirona’s environmental management system, which is published online in the annually updated environmental statement. One of these goals is to increase the use of renewable electricity. Usage at the site increased from 55% in 2019 to 65% in 2020. Bensheim also achieved a 28.8 MT reduction of hazardous waste in 2019, and a 15.1 MT reduction in 2020.