BME AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014
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.
BME’s activities do not produce any pollutant
discharges and any waste generated is minimal and
comes mostly from IT equipment, HVAC systems and
paper and toner consumption, among others.
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 which
have become out of date but which can still be useful
for other users outside the company. In 2014, 126
computers were given to employees while a further
180 were donated to schools such as the Instituto
IES Julio Palacios, Julio Cortázar, Dulce Nombre de
Jesús, the association of parents of disabled children
(APADIS), the association for collaboration and effort
(ACOES) and the Spanish Civil Guard.
Other unwanted equipment is taken to recycling
plants or returned to the original suppliers who
act as authorised waste managers so these can be
dealt with correctly and disposed of, in accordance
with legislation governing electric, electronic equip-
ment and waste management.
In 2014, 151 pieces of equipment were recycled in
Madrid, 66 in Barcelona and components of 3 in
The company’s waste water systems are
connected to the city’s drainage systems, and there
are no specific recycling or reusingmeasures in place.
Paper is one of the main sources of waste
produced and as such agreements have been
signed with town councils where BME’s offices are
present to install containers for paper and card-
board which is collected, treated and recycled.
Office materials required by the
company that are especially harmful to the envi-
ronment, such as printer toner and replacement
cartridges, are 100% recycled through suppliers.
In 2014, as in previous years, the
company installed recycling stations in all business
areas, encouraging employees to separate organic
and plastic waste for recycling. 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
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 consid-
ered especially hazardous, such as used oils, are
removed by a specialised company and not poured
into the drainage system.
The installation of a waste water purification and
filtering system to process water after it is used in the
company cafeteria. The system allows waste water
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-author-
ised companies. Where allowed, medicines are also
recycled at pharmacies’ SIGRE recycling points.