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.
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.
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.