Use of waste

More than 90% of our waste is used

Over 90% of our waste from the manufacturing of medicines and dermo-cosmetic products is used: 65% via specific networks (recycling of boxes and plastics, which are combustible at cement works, etc.) and 35% in networks that use the energy (replacement of combustibles in four cement works, production of electricity by co-generation). Since 2006, our waste has been traced using a computerized system that enables us to know in real-time the quantity and destination of our waste.

  • Soual (Tarn, France)
    The production site for dermo-cosmetics at Soual has reviewed its entire method of waste management: replacing waste compactors with a bale press that makes it possible to send cardboard and plastic waste directly to specific networks, and use co-generation for residual waste.
  • Gaillac (Tarn, France)
    At the extraction and production site for active ingredients at Gaillac, solvents are used internally by optimizing our procedures with dedicated tools (vacuum evaporation, distillation column) that make it possible to give our solvents a second life in other economic activities. Thanks to our various activities, waste production dropped by 34% between 2010 and 2011. In addition, waste from tropical Periwinkle, Serenoa Repens plants and Rhealba® Oat seedlings, i.e. over 1,000 tons, are used in a co-combustion process with woodchips in a biomass heater at the Soual production site.
  • Ussel
    At the Ussel (Corrèze, France) drug distribution center, the company has adopted a “cardboard-only” solution for preparing retail orders. Products are provided with a cardboard sheet rather than a plastic sheet, which makes sorting and the use of waste easier for our clients.