Environmental sustainability is one of the key focus areas at Glenmark and our Pilar plant has consistently strived to drive reduction of waste generation in the facility. To sustain this effort, the plant has achieved a significant reduction of 40% in terms of total hazardous waste generated from 14,206 kg in 2019 to 8,594 kg in 2020. In terms of hazardous waste generated per unit of production, the reduction is even more impressive which is about 60% lesser, from 0.05 kg per unit in 2019 to 0.02 kg per unit in 2020.
The plant undertook special initiatives that led to this waste reduction-
The team has implemented steps that improved the waste segregation to ensure its recycling. Compost bins are provided at the site for recycling organic waste from the canteen.
Environmental audits and awareness trainings were conducted by subject matter experts for administrative and operation staff which has helped in this process.
Improvements in the line adjustment processes were carried out to reduce primary and secondary packaging material scrap. Improvements were done in the manufacturing process to increase the yield of the batches.
The special waste such as printed materials were either destroyed through incineration or were recycled.
The disposal packaging of solid waste was earlier in the form of heavy boxes. This was then replaced with more sustainable bags.
The cleaning processes at cleanrooms were improved to reduce the use of disposable wipes.
The plant was required to follow COVID-19 protocols which mandated the use of more disposable material that cannot be recycled. Despite this, the plant still managed to achieve a 4% reduction year-on-year in Household Assimilable Industrial Waste generation, which is waste generated in offices and canteens.
The initiative was led by EHS team and the Production Technical Services division and was implemented by Pilar plant Operations team.
This achievement is an example that with proper use of resources, optimization of processes and carrying out of conscientious work, good results can be achieved.