LG Chem Receives ‘Zero Wastes to Landfill’ International Certification for the First Time among Korean Petrochemical Companies
■ Iksan/Naju work sites acquire ‘ZWTL (Zero Waste to Landfill)’ certification by UL Solutions
□ Iksan work site achieved 96% waste recycling rate receiving ‘Gold’ rating and Naju work site achieved 94% recycling rate receiving ‘Silver’ rating
■ Efforts for resource circulation by achieving 85% waste recycling rate for all work sites, etc. last year
■ CSEO (Chief Safety Environment Officer) Senior Vice President Young Hwan Kim,
“Actively performing resource circulating projects that convert wastes into resources and energy with the goal of reducing carbon”
“Plans to continuously raise waste recycling rate for all work sites”
LG Chem became the first company in the Korean petrochemical industry to receive international certification on recycling wastes into resources without burying them in landfills.
LG Chem announced on the 13th that two of its work sites in Iksan and Naju received ‘ZWTL (Zero Waste to Landfill)’ certification by UL Solutions, a global safety science company.
The LG Chem Iksan work site succeeded in recycling 96% of all its wastes, thus receiving ‘Gold’ rating, while the Naju work site reached 94% recycling rate, and thereby received ‘Silver’ rating.
‘ZWTL’ certification is a system that assesses the efforts of companies to recycle resources, and depending on the rate of recycling wastes instead of burying them in landfills, ratings of △Silver (90-94% recycling rate) △Gold (95-99%) and △Platinum (100%) are given.
The LG Iksan work site converted all of the ceramic containers that were discarded after use in the manufacturing process into recyclables, thus succeeding in recycling 96% of the 2,100 tons of wastes that were generated last year and achieving zero (0%) landfill rates.
The Naju work site implemented a process of reusing cleaning fluid used in the production process to reduce annual wastes by approximately 63 tons, and has also maintained high waste recycling rates above 90% since 2018 through waste monitoring as it continued its efforts for resource circulation.
Considering the fact that the average waste recycling rate of work sites in the domestic chemical materials and chemical products manufacturing industry (excluding pharmaceuticals) is around 61%*, the recycling rate of the Iksan and Naju work sites that received certification is more than 30% higher than the rest of the industry.
*Ministry of Environment (2022), 「National Waste Generation and Handling Status 2020」 (generation and handling status per work site discharge facility system industry)
LG Chem implemented an integrated environmental safety management system at its major work sites to monitor the entire process from generation to handling of wastes, and it succeeded in raising the average waste recycling rate of its work sites worldwide from 77% in 2019 to 85% last year.
LG Chem is expanding its business of recycling wastes throughout its entire business activities including the pyrolysis oil business that extracts oil from waste plastics, and it is the only domestic company that has been working on building a sustainable supply chain by implementing LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) up to the indirect emissions sector (Scope 3) for its suppliers, logistics, and disposal.
LG Chem CSEO (Chief Safety Environment Officer) Senior Vice President Young Hwan Kim commented, “LG Chem is actively performing resource circulating projects that convert wastes into resources and energy with the goal of reducing carbon,” while adding, “We plan to continuously raise waste recycling rate for all work sites.”