Waste management and recycling

Waste Management is an important component of Kuehne+Nagel’s Environmental Programme. Kuehne+Nagel’s Waste Management Standards apply to all locations. In addition, they fulfil corporate expectations and provide the framework that is required to manage all types of waste from the time when it is produced until it is reused, recycled, treated or disposed of. This standard sets a baseline for several core waste programme elements and encourages waste minimisation and recycling whenever possible.

Recycling, Reuse, Treatment and Disposal
All waste recycling, reuse, treatment, and disposal practices are required to comply with applicable regulations and the Kuehne+Nagel environmental policy, which also includes establishing profiles of waste streams, content identification, and labelling.

Ensuring Waste Compliance
The Kuehne+Nagel Waste Management Programme requires each location to assign an Environment Champion who is responsible for ensuring that personnel receive appropriate waste training. Corporate QSHE globally administers the waste training for the coordinators. Compliance with all Kuehne+Nagel facilities and other regulated waste requirements are evaluated by way of the internal quality audit tool.

Setting Waste Goals and Evaluating Progress
Kuehne+Nagel has been setting total waste reduction goals since 2010. Using 2019 as a base year, Kuehne+Nagel set a 2030 target to decrease total waste to landfill to zero. For example, Kuehne+Nagel’s total waste that was recycled in 2021 reached 83 per cent. Total waste is tracked and reported globally by disposal types: waste to landfill, waste recycled, waste recovered and hazardous waste disposal.