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DAF Trucks N.V. achieves ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’

Lloyd’s Register confirms 0% dump of waste materials

09/02/2009 Eindhoven
At the end of January 2009, DAF Trucks N.V. received the official statement from Lloyd’s Register Netherlands that waste to landfill has been reduced to zero. With this achievement, the Dutch truck manufacturer underlines its leading position in the field of environmental care. In June 1998, DAF was one of the first truck manufacturers in the world with an ISO 14001 certified environmental care system.

For Lloyd’s Register, DAF Trucks N.V. is the first company for which it has verified and positively assessed the policy and realization of ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ and for which it has issued an official declaration. By operating according to a policy of ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’, a company no longer disposes of its waste to landfill, but instead chooses for further processing it. All waste is recycled, used as raw material or building material or used for the generation of energy through incineration. The policy verified by Lloyd’s Register applies to the DAF production locations in The Netherlands and Belgium and has been in use since October 1, 2008.

Alternatives to waste

To reach ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’, DAF’s waste flows were analyzed and - together with its partners in the field of waste disposal – several alternatives were found in the field of re-use or recycling. For instance paint sludge from the paint facilities is applied in the cement industry. Filter cake (rich in lime and also originating from the paint facilities) finds its way into building materials for the mining industry. Waste of shot blasting waste is used for the production of concrete blocks.

“With ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ DAF aims to further reduce the burden on our living environment. We take our responsibility for sustainable business and a better environment seriously”, said Pieter de Grauw, member of the DAF Board of Management, Director Operations and responsible for environment, during the handing over by Lloyd’s Register of the ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ declaration.

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