As far as production waste is concerned, we primarily try to prevent it. We optimize formulas, technological procedures, and production run-in times. Teams from the production, development and quality departments work on the minimization of waste. Our waste management is regularly monitored through internal and external audits and controls by the Czech Environmental Inspectorate.
At Fosfa, we aim to increase awareness of the correct management of waste. We have long been involved in EKO-KOM’s “Responsible Company” training program, which teaches companies how to properly sort and dispose of waste. However education does not stop with the training of new colleagues, – we recycle and protect the environment dutifully through the whole year.
In the company, we also ensure the take-back of worn out electrical appliances and batteries. As part of the Green Company project, we have a collection box at the reception that guarantees efficient recycling. The ecological disposal of electrical appliances is particularly important – they also contain dangerous substances such as mercury, lead, cadmium or brominated flame retardant. We try not to waste raw materials and motivate each other not to look for excuses and to set an example. If we have the chance to save the environment, raise awareness on the purpose of sorting waste and providing better conditions for recycling, we are happy to do it.
We know that water is precious, so we strive for the lowest possible consumption. Everything is embedded in our visions – ecological responsibility with deep respect for nature. We use underground water from wells and surface water from the Dyje River. We are working on reducing consumption by recycling it – we repeatedly use it during production.
The water from our production plants first goes to our decontamination station. There it is cleansed and drained. The quality of the discharged water is verified by our laboratory and regularly accredited by an independent laboratory.
Prevention in the field of water protection is part of our ecological education system – handling substances only above emergency tanks, regular checks on the sealing of pits and the placement of sanitation kits for the given department. We regularly invest in preventive measures, such as the reconstruction of protective baths and floors.
Air quality and emissions
We are aware that every item of greenery contributes to the restoration of oxygen and that we do not have to put all the weight on the lungs of the planet – the woods. We are proud of our corporate premises because it is interwoven with lots of shrubs, trees and lawns. From the people who visit us, we often hear that they haven’t seen such a sea of flora as we have at our company for a long time. We contribute to the protection of air by recycling paper. At first glance, there might not be an obvious connection, but the use of 1 ton of waste paper can save up to 17 trees. Pretty good motivation to take those few extra steps to the blue containers, right?
The long-term goal of our company is the permanent reduction of the amount of emissions produced. We consistently meet the emission limits set by the Regional Authority of the South Moravian Region, which is also confirmed by the outputs from internal and external audits and inspections of the Czech Environmental Inspectorate. We like challenges, and we are gradually upgrading our combustion equipment such as steam generating boilers. We use co-generation units, or, for example, we are upgrading and optimizing burners in production facilities. From a long-term point of view, this is a milestone by which we will radically reduce emissions in the future and use only environmentally friendly equipment.
Another important step in the field of air protection is the use of waste heat from the factories. We have invested in reconstruction, not only in plants but also in hot water distribution systems. That’s why we do not waste the heat that just leaked away in the past, but we heat our buildings with it.