Inset: Global Recycling Day
The first Global Recycling Day was held in 1994. It is managed by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and aims to raise awareness among all stakeholders, international institutions, businesses, government authorities and the public about the importance of recycling in order to see recyclables as a resource rather than waste. Climate change is a major challenge for our time, and the recycling industry is instrumental in helping to effect the change that is necessary to fight the devastating effects of global warming.
Michelin and recycling: When employees mobilize
Around the world, Michelin employees are driving recycling efforts forward. Following many innovative ideas suggested by employees themselves, a number of initiatives have been implemented in our factories, such as:
- the use of specific recycling bins for plastic cups in some of our factories, along with specific efforts to reduce the number of plastic cups used (such as replacing them with ceramic cups).
- recycling of food waste in cafeterias and coffee capsules
- recycling of labels at the Chantemerle site in Clermont-Ferrand (France) to sort papers with and without adhesives. This initiative made it possible to recycle paper without adhesives, which totaled +66% of all paper. This best practice has been rolled out to other sites that use the same materials and processes.
- Every year, one employee uses just over 121 pounds of ream paper. This is the leading office consumable in France.
- One ton of paper recycled would save 17 trees, or 200,000 pages.
The Michelin group is committed to a responsible and sustainable approach to designing and producing its products and services as well as when buying its raw materials. This is why recycled paper is now being used across Europe for everyday printing by our employees before being rolled out internationally.
42% of commercially exploited wood around the world is used to produce paper, and +17% of that wood comes from virgin forests – in other words, natural forests whose biodiversity must be preserved.
For its natural rubber needs, the Group is committed to not contributing to deforestation for the planting of new rubber trees.
The use of recycled paper is an excellent and tangible example of the circular economy. It is part of a virtuous and inexhaustible circle in a way, since recycled paper will again be recycled and reused to produce more paper.