Waste prevention and recycling



Waste – Scrap metal for reuse


When it comes to waste management, Daimler believes that prevention and recycling are better than disposal. Accordingly, the reconditioning and reuse of raw, process, and operating materials has been standard practice at the Group for many years now. Moreover, innovative technologies and eco-friendly production planning processes are used in order to avoid the creation of waste from the outset.

Total waste resulting from production-related activities in 2007 amounted to 1.166 million tons, which was roughly the same level as in the previous year. Of this total, 69 percent consisted of almost completely recycled scrap metal, 24 percent was industrial waste (72 percent of which was recycled), and 8 percent was hazardous waste (78 percent of which was recycled). The substantial increase in the percentage of waste that was recycled as compared to the previous year resulted primarily from a decline in the share of the total waste (both hazardous and non-hazardous) that had to be disposed of.

Additional data on waste prevention and recycling can be found here.

Some of the input data was incorrectly calculated and had to be corrected following the printed report's editorial deadline. This data will therefore deviate from that found in the printed report.