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What is the total amount of non-hazardous waste recycled by the organization (in metric tonnes)?
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This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers part of the  requirements of G4-EN23 which asks for relevant information related to:

  • a. the total weight of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, by the following disposal methods:

    • Reuse
    • Recycling
    • Composting
    • Recovery, including energy recovery
    • Incineration (mass burn)
    • Deep well injection
    • Landfill
    • On-site storage
    • Other (to be specified by the organization)
  • b. how the waste disposal method has been determined:

    • Disposed of directly by the organization or otherwise directly confirmed
    • Information provided by the waste disposal contractor
    • Organizational defaults of the waste disposal contractor


Data on waste generation figures over several years indicates the level of progress the organization has made toward waste reduction efforts. It also indicates potential improvements in process efficiency and productivity. From a financial perspective, the reduction of waste contributes directly to lower costs for materials, processing, and disposal.

Information about the disposal destination reveals the extent to which an organization has managed the balance between disposal options and uneven environmental impacts. For example, land filling and recycling create very different types of environmental impacts and residual effects. Most waste minimization strategies emphasize prioritizing options for reuse, recycling, and then recovery over other disposal options.


This metric is looking for total amount of non-hazardous waste recycled:

For WikiRate researchers:

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Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:

To calculate non-hazardous waste recycled - G4-EN23-a:

  • ​Identify the weight of waste created by the organization’s operations, categorized as non-hazardous waste (as defined by national legislation at the point of generation) recycled by the company.

If no weight data are available, estimate the weight using available information on waste density and volume collected, mass balances, or similar information.

Organizations reporting on this Indicator should describe in a comment to the metric value how the waste disposal method has been determined.