Trinseo | Responsible Operations

Responsible Operations

As a leading global solutions company and manufacturer of diverse materials, we are focused on meeting your unique needs through tailored solutions. We are committed to minimizing the impact of our products on human health and the environment throughout all stages of their life cycles.

By aligning Trinseo’s mission with four sustainability pillars: products, people, planet, and profit, we can deliver unified strategic direction, investment opportunities, and communications to our business units. Through these endeavors, we continue to build a portfolio of sustainable, innovative chemistries and drive corporate and business strategies in sustainability.

For Trinseo, sustainability is more than what our materials are made from — we believe in our corporate responsibility. As a dedicated member of Operation Clean Sweep®, an industry initiative to limit pellet, flake, and powder loss into the environment, we have successfully achieved no significant or reportable losses of plastic materials from our facilities for several years.

Responsible Operations is just one part of our 2030 Sustainability Goals, which together, will help us achieve a more sustainable future for our company and the communities we serve.

2030 Sustainability Goals

Our Responsible Operations goals have guided our strategic business plans to minimize our impact on the environment.

Trinseo plants implemented programs in 2021 to reduce freshwater use, including optimizing cooling tower blow down and increasing recycled water usage in recipes. Overall, we have reduced our freshwater intake by 12% since our 2017 base year.
With the acquisition of two new businesses in 2021, Trinseo’s waste generation increased from 2020 by 19%. We are working to integrate our new businesses into our waste management structure in order to facilitate a reduction in waste for next year.
The percentage of landfill disposal at Trinseo facilities increased from 26% to 29% from 2020 to 2021. Much of this increase is due to a change in waste disposal for our polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plant in Saint-Avold, France. Additionally, our Louisville, Florence, Midland, and Dalton sites in the U.S. increased landfill disposals. Our other global facilities successfully implemented waste classification, tracking, and reuse and recycling programs to help mitigate waste, and we continue to develop new strategies that will help us achieve our 2030 goal.
In 2021, Trinseo made facility improvements to reduce pellet and flake loss. This included implementing better housekeeping in warehouse and loading areas and the installation of sieves in rain and process water drains, which helped our Company have no significant or reportable losses of plastic pellets or flakes to the environment.

Trinseo's 2022 Sustainability Report

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