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Managing waste

Powering progress

Our ambition is to use resources and materials efficiently and to increase reuse and recycling.

  • We are aiming for zero waste by reducing waste generated and increasing reuse and recycling in our businesses and supply chains. We will set goals for waste reduction, reuse and recycling by the end of 2022.

In 2021, we conducted pilot projects to help develop and test a new circularity assessment methodology, which we will apply in a number of our businesses in 2022. This will help us better understand how our operations reduce, reuse and recycle waste and help us set further goals which we will develop in 2022.

Waste disposal

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In 2021, we disposed of 1,993 thousand tonnes of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, which is relatively flat compared with 2,049 thousand tonnes in 2020. We also sent 399 thousand tonnes of residual materials for reuse, recycling or beneficial use as a raw material in another process. For example, waste that might otherwise go to landfill can be incinerated to generate energy.

In 2021, our Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam (previously Pernis refinery) in the Netherlands sent more than 80% of its waste generated (58 thousand tonnes) for recycling, reuse or use in another process.

Find out more about waste and our circular economy approach at

Zero waste
The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of products, packaging and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health (Zero Waste International Alliance, 2018).
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