Effluents and Waste: 306-1 to 306-5

  • Management Approach

    Effluents emanate from cleaning vehicles, plant and equipment. All effluent is cleaned of pollutants and clean water discharged into municipal reticulation systems. The group endeavours to dispose of waste materials through legitimate contractors at certified waste disposal facilities.

    Barloworld is committed to responsible waste management, including disposal, with group aspirational 2020 targets set. While progress against targets may not be linear over the target period, it is monitored and reported annually as part of the group’s integrated reporting.

    The group does not generate significant volumes of waste. Both hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams are monitored by type, volume, disposal method and destination. The group is committed to reporting all waste by weight or volume to ensure consistency and comparability.

    A critical aspect of the group’s waste management and product life-cycle stewardship addresses extended product use. This includes ensuring products have a number of useful lives, facilitated in part through our remanufacture and rebuild programmes.

    To better understand our water use, and contribute to the knowledge and data on water use, we participated in the CDP's 2018 Water disclosure.

  • 306-1: Water discharge by quality and destination

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Total volume of planned and unplanned water discharges by:
    i. destination;
    ii. quality of the water, including treatment method;
    iii. whether the water was reused by another organization.
    b. Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.
    Integrated Report:

    Because water is a scarce resource, we are committed to more efficient water consumption through reduced use, increased recycling and water-harvesting initiatives. Most water is sourced from municipal and local government supply systems and legally discharged into these systems after required filtration and separation processes. Washing of plant, equipment and vehicles constitutes the company's major use of water.

    As such, water is not removed from the area of extraction and, after required filtration and separation processes, effectively all water withdrawn (2018: 588 ML or 588 000m3) is legally discharged back into municipal and local government systems.

    Consistent with identifying water consumption as a material aspect of its environmental stewardship approach, third-party assurance is obtained albeit only for billed water sourced from local municipal or government supply systems.

    To better understand our water use, and contribute to the knowledge and data on water use, we participated in the CDP's 2018 Water disclosure.

  • 306-2: Waste by type and disposal method

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Total weight of hazardous waste, with a breakdown by the following disposal methods where applicable:
    i. Reuse
    ii. Recycling
    iii. Composting
    iv. Recovery, including energy recovery
    v. Incineration (mass burn)
    vi. Deep well injection
    vii. Landfill
    viii. On-site storage
    ix. Other (to be specified by the organization)
    b. Total weight of non-hazardous waste, with a breakdown by the following disposal methods where applicable:
    i. Reuse
    ii. Recycling
    iii. Composting
    iv. Recovery, including energy recovery
    v. Incineration (mass burn)
    vi. Deep well injection
    vii. Landfill
    viii. On-site storage
    ix. Other (to be specified by the organization)
    c. How the waste disposal method has been determined:
    i. Disposed of directly by the organization, or otherwise directly confirmed
    ii. Information provided by the waste disposal contractor
    iii. Organizational defaults of the waste disposal contractor
    Integrated Report:

    The group does not generate significant volumes of waste. Both hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams are monitored by type, volume, disposal method and destination. Used oil and other waste are disposed of through certified contractors. We are in the process of analysing and refining our waste reporting, this includes engaging our internal audit services.

    Waste 2018   2017   2016  
    Non-hazardous            
    Paper (kg) 132 630   122 124   136 762  
    Tyres (kg) 126 208   140 855   156 776  
    Hazardous            
    Solvents (ℓ) 12 130   8 010   7 854  
    Lubricants (grease and oil) (ℓ) 2 093 509   2 285 214   2 264 283  
    Oil Filters (kg) 165 529   174 423   838 223  
    Batteries (kg) 12 212   61 588   70 375  
    Computers / Laptops (kg) 4 087   1 305   11 870  
    Group 2018 Disposal Method
    Waste source Certified company   Self-disposal  
    Paper 97%   3%  
    Tyres 100%   0%  
    Solvents 95%   5%  
    Lubricants 100%   0%  
    Oil filters 100%   0%  
    Batteries 100%   0%  
    Electronic 100%   0%  
    Solids 99%   1%  
    Liquids 100%   0%  

    While most waste is disposed of through formal waste disposal companies, some difficulty is experienced in remote locations where sourcing formal waste disposal companies remains a challenge. In these instances, waste is mainly disposed of through municipal waste disposal systems. As no waste disposal certificate is obtained, these are disclosed under self-disposal as per the table above.

    Waste 2018   2017   2016  
    Solid waste 92%   79%   56%  
    Liquid waste 96%   95%   98%  

    Volumes of solid waste recycled have improved over prior year as per table above.

    Total volumes of solid and liquid waste disposed through recycling was 403 tons and 2 052 KL respectively over the period.

    % Waste disposed through formal waste disposal service providers 2018   2017   2016  
    Solid waste 99%   97%   94%  
    Liquid waste 100%   99%   100%  

    A group aspirational target has been set to have 100% of waste (solid and liquid) disposed of through formal waste disposal service providers by 2020.

  • 306-3: Significant spills

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Total number and total volume of recorded significant spills.
    b. The following additional information for each spill that was reported in the organization's financial statements:
    i. Location of spill;
    ii. Volume of spill;
    iii. Material of spill, categorized by: oil spills (soil or water surfaces), fuel spills (soil or water surfaces), spills of wastes (soil or water surfaces), spills of chemicals (mostly soil or water surfaces), and other (to be specified by the organization).
    c. Impacts of significant spills.

    No significant spills occurred during the period.

    There were minor spills during the year. The necessary remedial action and precautions have been implemented to prevent such future incidents. Where applicable, the incidents have been reported to the relevant authorities. All of the spills had no significant or long-term impairment of ecosystem function or surface / ground water resource.

    All incidents were properly attended to and in all instances the relevant response mechanisms and processes functions as intended.

  • 306-4: Transport of hazardous waste

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Total weight for each of the following:
    i. Hazardous waste transported
    ii. Hazardous waste imported
    iii. Hazardous waste exported
    iv. Hazardous waste treated
    b. Percentage of hazardous waste shipped internationally.
    c. Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

    The table below reflects the group’s hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated during 2018. These may not necessarily be included under Basel Annex I, II, III or VIII, but are included for information purposes:

    Waste 2018   2017   2016  
    Non-hazardous
    Paper (kg) 132 630   122 124   136 762  
    Tyres (kg) 126 208   140 855   156 776  
    Hazardous
    Solvents (ℓ) 12 130   8 010   7 854  
    Lubricants (grease and oil) (ℓ) 2 093 509   2 285 214   2 264 283  
    Oil Filters (kg) 165 529   174 423   838 223  
    Batteries (kg) 12 212   61 588   70 375  
    Computers / Laptops (kg) 4 087   1 305   11 870  

    All hazardous waste, the volume of which is reflected in the above table, is removed by appropriately formal waste disposal service providers and where necessary treated prior to disposal.

    Our Logistics business moves hazardous waste on behalf of SmartMatta, our environmental solutions business. During the 2018 financial period, a total of 3 988 tons (2017: 1 967 tons) of such waste was transported without incident.

    No waste was shipped internationally during the year.

    For more information of transportation of hazardous waste, please also refer: http://blog.barloworld-logistics.com/how-to-transport-hazardous-goods-the-right-way

  • 306-5: Water bodies affected by water discharges and/or runoff

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Water bodies and related habitats that are significantly affected by water discharges and/or runoff, including information on:
    i. the size of the water body and related habitat;
    ii. whether the water body and related habitat is designated as a nationally or internationally protected area;
    iii. the biodiversity value, such as total number of protected species.
    Integrated Report:

    No water bodies were affected by runoff and discharges, hence no biodiversity was affected. All water run-off is treated appropriately prior to discharge back into the municipal and local government water system.