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BME AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014

BME

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.

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 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have become out of date but which can still be useful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

Bilbao.

Water:

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:

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 material:

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.

Other waste:

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

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 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.