5.2. Waste management
In addition to efforts to reduce the consumption of
resources, reuse and recycling are also important parts
of BME’s commitment to preserving the environment.
As with the consumption of resources, BME’s activities
generate little waste. Any waste they do generate is
usually due to the replacement of computer worksta-
tions and the consumption of paper and other office
materials.
• IT equipment:
Company computers have an average
lifespan of three to eight years, which is lengthy for
these products, thanks to employees’ responsible
use and ongoing maintenance by the Technical and
Systems Support Department.
BME encourages the reuse of computers that have
become out of date. Therefore, in 2013, 47 computers
were given to employees and 34 were donated to the
non-profit San Sebastián de los Reyes Association of
Parents of Disabled Children.
In accordance with legislation governing electric and
electronic equipment and the management of waste
thereof, the remaining equipment is returned the sup-
plier, who then disposes of the devices at facilities able
to properly treat and manage these materials and to
the companies that deal with recycled materials in
each municipality where the company has offices.
In 2013, 166 pieces of equipment were recycled in
Madrid, 190 in Barcelona, and 2 in Valencia.
• Water:
The insignificant amount of water consumed
and type of utilisation (restricted to habitual use by
BME employees and therefore largely non-contaminat-
ing) means that the company’s waste water systems
are connected to the city’s conventional drainage
systems, and there are no specific recycling or reusing
measures in place.
• Paper:
Agreements have been signed with town coun-
cils corresponding to BME’s different offices to install
containers for paper and cardboard which is collected,
treated and recycled.
• Officematerial:
Officematerials requiredby the company
that are especially damaging to the environment, such as
printer toner and replacement cartridges, are 100%
recycled through suppliers.
• Other waste.
Since 2008 each area and department
actively contributes to waste management by using
recycling stations to collect waste generated by per-
sonnel and sort organic waste, packaging and plastics.
Each day, the company’s cleaning crews remove the
material collected in the recycling stations and deposit
it in larger containers, which are in turn emptied by
municipal authorities.
Special measures have been implemented to ensure
that waste generated in the staff cafeteria, located in Las
Rozas, is correctly managed. These include:
Grease separator tanks, so that any waste considered
especially hazardous, such as used oils, are removed by
a specialised company.
The installation of a wastewater purification and fil-
tering system to process water after it is used in the
company cafeteria. The system allows wastewater to be
purified before it is flushed into the municipal drains to
which all BME’s systems are connected.
Lastly, the scant sanitary waste generated by the medical
services unit is removed by duly-authorised companies.
Where allowed, medicines are also recycled at pharma-
cies’ SIGRE recycling points.
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