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Landsvirkjun seeks to reduce the amount of unsorted and landfilled waste by increasing the recycling and reuse of the waste generated by the Company's operations.

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Sorting at all stations

All waste produced as a result of Landsvirkjun’s operations is sorted and registered. Waste produced within each area of operation is sorted according to the available resources in each area. All hazardous materials are handled in accordance with legal requirements and regulations. Landsvirkjun offers suitable sorting facilities for the storage and disposal of waste at all its stations and offices. All waste is handed over to recognised waste disposal experts.

Waste produced during large-scale projects is not registered in Landsvirkjun‘s green accounts as this is not a part of the Company‘s daily operations. However, information on waste produced by contractors is gathered and registered and can be found in the numerical data section.

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Quantity and type

120 tonnes of waste were sent away for recycling or reuse and 30 tonnes were sent away for disposal in 2014.

Waste from Landsvirkjun’s operations can be divided into the following categories: waste for reuse or recycling, waste for disposal, inert waste and hazardous waste.

The total amount of waste in 2014 was 183 tonnes. Approximately 120 tonnes of waste were sent away for recycling or reuse and 30 tonnes were sent away for disposal.

Inert waste accounted for 33 tonnes of waste, i.e. waste that is not harmful to the environment such as concrete, glass and ground materials. Approximately 23 tonnes of hazardous waste were sent away for disposal.

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The amount of waste produced within each category can vary greatly between years and this can mostly be attributed to the amount of maintenance work carried out in any given year. The amount of waste sent away for recycling or reuse has fluctuated between 80 to 500 tonnes in the last five years. In 2014, approximately 120 tonnes of waste was recycled or reused (mostly wood and metal) as a result of clean-up work at the Búrfell Hydropower Station, the refurbishment of equipment at the Blanda Hydropower Station and the replacement of wood in the cooling tower at the Krafla Geothermal Station.

Landsvirkjun’s objective is to increase recycling and reuse and to reduce the amount of unsorted waste that is landfilled or incinerated.

The amount of unsorted waste for disposal has decreased in accordance with Landsvirkjun’s new objectives; from 70 tonnes in 2010 to 30 tonnes in 2014. The reduction in waste sent away for disposal is therefore 57% over this period. The reduction in waste sent away for disposal between 2013 and 2014 was 14%. However, there was an increase in unsorted waste at the Blanda Hydropower Station, the Krafla Geothermal Station and in the Þjórsá area. This can be traced to normal fluctuations in operations.

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The amount of unsorted waste has decreased from 70 tonnes to 30 tonnes between 2010 and 2014, or by 57%.

In most cases the amount of waste from the power stations in 2014 was less than or similar to that of the last five years. Landsvirkjun’s Headquarters in Reykjavík, which is an office area, has seen great success both in sorting waste for recycling purposes and in decreasing the overall amount of waste.

The amount of hazardous waste produced by Landsvirkjun’s operations can vary and these fluctuations can be attributed to the amount of maintenance work carried out in any given year.

In 2014, approximately 23 tonnes of hazardous waste were disposed of, mostly waste oil. All hazardous waste was handed over to recognised waste disposal organisations.

More detailed information on the quantity of waste from Landsvirkjun’s operational areas can be found in the numerical data section.

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