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We aim to achieve resource–effective operation by minimizing the use of natural resources and recycling leftover materials. Our first choice is to avoid waste wherever possible. If this is not possible, we strive to minimize waste as much as possible.

To continue effective waste management, Wellspect has clearly defined general waste procedures in place, which include annual follow–up. The consequences of waste generation are always assessed in all change processes and risk assessments. This has resulted in increased levels of recycling. Today we recycle approximately 45% of our waste. Non-reusable material is sent for incineration with energy recovery.

Packaging and packaging waste

Wellspect offers a wide portfolio of different products within the area of healthcare. The packaging system must fulfill high technical requirements in order to protect the products from different external conditions that could damage the product's function and also affect its cleanliness. Wellspect has issued guidelines for environment, health and safety in compliance with the packaging directive in order to minimize the negative environmental effect of its packaging. Packaging should be efficient (minimum packaging material).

During the design phase of a new packaging system, we aim to:

  • Minimize the amount of packaging material.
  • Monitor that the quantity of heavy metals does not exceed the limit value.
  • Minimize the amount of hazardous substances.
  • Ensure that the packaging can be recovered through either material recycling, energy recovery or composting.

In Sweden, we work with FTI, the industry’s system for recycling of packaging dispatched in Sweden. In Germany, we work with the local DUALES die Grüne Punkt system in a similar way. We report according to the Swedish packaging law 2013:757, which implements the directives from that of the EC (1994/62/EG).