To operate in accordance with environmental laws and to comply with environmental permits is key for Ragn-Sells’ core business, as non-compliance may lead to sanctions and restriction of permits on sites.
Violations and company fines can have negative consequences both in terms of public opinion and in relation to the company itself. Ragn-Sells’ permits for waste treatment are vital in enabling us to operate. Responsible leadership including encouraging the implementation of preventive risk management and reporting of risk situations and non-conformities (incidents and accidents) will continue to be in focus for the years to come. This includes the development of a Compliance programme for non-compliance within legal compliance in the environmental area.
All of Ragn-Sells’ operations sites are certified according to the environmental standard ISO 14001.
At all our operations sites, internal as well as external audits are carried out. Reviews of permit compliance are performed regularly. Incidents and deviations are continuously reported, including work on corrective measures.
Earlier in 2016, Ragn-Sells did not apply for a financial guarantee in connection with a new environmental permit in Sweden and was therefore obliged to pay a company fine in 2019.
Effluents to water and soil
Ragn-Sells’ operations are regulated by legal requirements and permissions and are subject to different types of analyses which are evaluated and reported to the relevant authorities.
The effluents are regulated at plant level by permit conditions or other requirements and they are regularly monitored and controlled. Possible impacts on the surrounding environment are controlled by specific recipient control programmes. The results of the controls are continuously reported to the supervisory authorities.
Local environmental impact
Ragn-Sells treatment plants can cause noise and odours, which are important aspects to manage as they can have a direct impact on the local environment and neighbours. Unpleasant odours in the surrounding area can occur due to the waste treatment activities at the facilities. Noise from vehicles and from activities such as unloading, sorting, and crushing also have an impact on the local environment. Ragn-Sells works in different ways based on local conditions to prevent interference. Taking the neighbours and other stakeholders’ opinions into account is an important aspect in all facilities where Ragn-Sells operates.
The greatest risk is related to the operation sites with the received waste and the machines used to process the waste, e.g. the grinding of wood, etc. Continuous efforts are made to evaluate the risks associated with the activities. The number of complaints from neighbours received during 2019 are 19 (2018:52).