Sustainability Report FY 2021

91 RUFFINO | Sustainability Report FY 2021 Waste Considering that waste production still cannot be removed entirely from our activities, in line with the managerial methods implemented to date and aware of the importance to set out guideli- nes as a circular economy action plan, we aim to reduce waste production to a minimum and where this is not possible to recycle the highest possible amount. In particular, our management foresees, in ad- dition to reinforcing waste prevention measu- res, the introduction of an approach that takes into account the entire lifecycle of products and materials to increase the amount of retrieved and reused materials, giving them back econo- mic value, also due to the practical application of the waste hierarchy set out in the European Directive 22 . We share the principles of prevention, prepara- tion for reuse, treatment and recycling internal- ly, and in order to clarify the importance of these concepts, we involve all colleagues and contrac- tors in the correct management of waste. From the point of view of continued improve- ment, we work with external entities, such as specialized laboratories for the correct iden- tification of CER codes for waste that requires chemical analysis to proceed with their cha- racterization, and external consultants to define opportunities to improve waste management. Moreover, in FY 2021, various departments and managers, including management, the logistics office, environment office, purchases office, legal office, the Lean Maintenance and Engineering Manager, worked together to: • Revise the waste management methods (codes allocated, disposal contracts, defined storage areas) to update internal procedures and manage plant areas more effectively, also assessing possible cost optimization; • Optimize purifier management due to revising the maintenance contract given to the specia- lized company and instructions to manage the system by internal staff (for Ruffino S.r.l.); • Set out a plan to check waste disposal sup- pliers through an internal audit attesting to legislative compliance (for Tenute Ruffino S.r.l.); • Review assignments given to external con- sultants and workers for waste sampling, characterization and analysis for the entire Group; • Review assignments for assistance in mana- ging the constructed wetlands at Gretole and La Solatia and for environmental consultancy in terms of wastewater discharge (for Tenute Ruffino S.r.l.). Ruffino S.r.l., whose headquarters are where most of the processing takes place, hence producing the most waste, uses specific software to manage the input and output register and to draw up the Single Environment Declaration Model (MUD) as well as all activities linked to waste manage- ment (such as automatic reminders to manage the timing of disposer and transporter authori- zations, waste analysis, etc.). For the other Group sites, the management does not require a digitali- zed system as there is less waste production. In all company areas, waste collection points are set up, indicated with signage aimed at encoura- ging the correct separation of the various types of waste, as set out in the legislation in force. For each type of waste produced in a continuous way by the business, a form is provided, which states the production cycle, substances used, the analytical characterization protocol and the fre- quency. All the waste produced within the Group must be gathered in a temporary depot, whose volumetric and temporal waste storage limits are establi- shed. When the limits are reached, the respon- sible office (which varies depending on the site 22 Directive of the European Union on waste management - Directive 2008/98/CE.