SCA takes a life cycle approach and works proactively with resource efficiency. We have worked for many years to minimize waste. Most waste, as construction materials and through energy recovery, is now recycled.

SCA is constantly working to reduce its emissions to water and air through investments and continuous improvements.

Waste

SCA takes a life cycle approach and works proactively with resource efficiency. SCA’s industrial ecosystem utilizes by-products and waste streams insofar as this is possible. Most solid waste is recycled. A small quantity is sent to landfill or is hazardous waste. Recycled waste refers to material that can be used as raw materials, construction materials or for energy recovery and is primarily bio ash, sludge, organic waste and plastic. Hazardous waste is primarily waste oil as well as organic solvents, batteries and strip lights.

Examples from 2021 include an innovative use of lime sludge waste streams from SCA Östrand, which meant 5,700 tonnes of lime sludge was converted into filler and used in liner production at SCA Munksund.

An external company has initiated a permit procedure to manufacture bioplastics from lignin waste streams at the Ortviken site. This will replace plastics of fossil origin.