Protecting the environment from the harmful by-products of operations encouraged the sustainability team to start a number of initiatives that not only save resources for the country but also is cost effective. The main focus is to incorporate the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle into all initiatives.
Some of the initiatives include:
Re-using treated water
treated waste-water from the ETP is re-used for daily toilet flushing of 9000 workers in the premises, saving almost 100 million liters of underground water per year.
The 250,000 sq. ft roof top rain water harvesting system is used for fabric dyeing, washing and other purposes, saving approximately 28 million liters of underground water every year.
Reusing utility water
Water used daily by the management staff in the wash basin is re-used for gardening around the main premises. This initiative saves about 500 liters of water per day.
Exhaust from the 5 MW gas generator is re-used for cooling purposes, saving substantial energy and reducing carbon emissions at the same time. Similarly, exhaust from the 3.2 MW gas generator is re-used for steam generation purposes.
Recycling organic waste
30 tons of organic compost fertilizer is produced monthly. Leftovers from lunch of employees along with kitchen waste from the surrounding area, cotton dust from the spinning mill, cow dung, water hyacinth and other natural ingredients are used to make the fertilizer. Tests done by the Department of Environment (DOE) of Bangladesh have revealed that the fertilizer is very potent, but till date it has only been used at the tea estate.