Effluents and Waste


G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method

Each Sherwin-Williams plant has established waste reduction goals and associated projects and programs to meet those goals as part of the plant's overall business operations plan.  Six Sigma and continuous improvement projects have been implemented to improve quality control, reduce distressed batches, and to manage raw materials and finished product inventory, thereby eliminating the waste before it is generated.  Other waste reduction efforts have included the reuse and recycling of cleaning solvents; reworking paint into new batches; and recycling cardboard, paper, plastic, and metal.  Materials that become wastes are managed in accordance with applicable regulations and corporate standards. 

Continual improvement projects are leveraged across facilities to improve the recycling/rework program and to drive reduction and elimination of waste (both hazardous and non-hazardous) from manufacturing and distribution facilities. The EcoMet database is used to track recycling rates from all large facilities (plants, distribution, administration and laboratory) globally.

Reference the Corporate Social Responsibility Report Metrics Summary , or Pages 35-40 of the Corporate Social Responsibility Report  for graphical results.