The Company's desire to minimise the environmental impact of its industrial activities through careful calibration of the technological processing cycle and the use of the best technologies and most up-to-date production methods, as set out in its Policy, is also (and above all) expressed through waste management and recovery. Within the Management System based on the ISO 14001 standard, each plant has specific procedures that regulate waste management, guaranteeing above all the necessary compliance with the regulations, but above all the continuous improvement of performance aimed at reducing the quantity of waste produced and ensuring it is recycled.
The management activities consist of separate collection of the different types of waste, their correct categorisation through product classification or chemical analysis, internal handling without the possibility of accidental spillage, their storage in suitable temporary storage areas, the definition of contracts with companies specialised in recovery/disposal, and the management of all formalities, including paperwork, to ensure traceability of the waste until it reaches the final recipient.
2020 was a year of transition for Italian plants, despite the difficult period, where the percentages of waste sent for recovery were consolidated and slightly improved, reaching nearly 90% of the waste produced, or even exceeding this figure at some sites.
As Asian plants instead, the Vietnamese site recorded stable figures, while in India there was a considerable decrease in production, due to the lockdown which led to a considerable reduction in the amount of waste produced. Lastly, it should be noted that the separation of hazardous from non-hazardous waste and the possibility of recovering waste is affected by local regulations.
Waste produced at Piaggio Group production sites
Based on an analysis per type, most of the waste produced was metal waste (iron, aluminium, turning material, etc.) and packaging material (cardboard, wood, etc.). For example at the Pontedera site, approximately 3,400 tons of packaging and 2,000 tons of metal are produced, with these two categories comprising approximately 75% of waste generated.
Avoiding soil contamination
In 2020, as in previous years, no spills or polluting events of significance occurred at any of Piaggio's sites.
At the Mandello and Pontedera, decontamination initiatives are under way due to historic contaminations of the sites. These situations emerged during demolition work in Mandello and during environmental monitoring campaigns in Pontedera. In both cases, the pollutants found have not been used in the production sites for several decades, providing the historical nature of their origin. In accordance with legal obligations, the two situations have been reported to the relevant authorities and are managed according to their instructions.