Environmental responsibility

Environmental improvement initiatives at BlueScope

Waste

Recycling initiative for printer cartridges and electronic waste

BlueScope is committed to the efficient use of resources, preventing pollution, and reducing the environmental impact of its operations and products. We are continuously looking to reduce, reuse and recycle where we can. Recently a project was initiated to determine how we can recycle our printer cartridges and electronic waste without sending any waste to landfill.

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Air

Reduction in dust emissions from tipping rock slag

Rock slag is a very hot dry material that is generated during the Ironmaking process. This material is transported via truck from the Blast Furnace and stockpiled. Historically, dust emissions were generated when the material was tipped from the back of the truck. In order to supress dust emissions, recycled water was sprayed on the slag during tipping.

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Waste Energy

Waste and energy savings at Slabmaking

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At the completion of every Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (BOS) heat, all loose materials (steel, slag and unconsumed fluxes) in the furnace are poured out prior to commencing the next heat. This resulted in the loss of steel, which compromises process yield, and fluxes that have not fully been consumed and could be used to treat the subsequent heat.

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Waste

Reducing hazardous waste to landfill at Hot Strip Mill

The process of grinding rolls from Port Kembla Steelworks Hot Strip Mill involves a recirculating water system with an additive that cools and lubricates the grinding wheel, while the water flushes away the metal shavings or debris (also known as swarf).

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Land Air

Minimising dust emissions from stockpiles in Ironmaking

The No. 4 Subs Area at Port Kembla Steelworks is used to temporarily store various materials used in operational processes by the Ironmaking department.

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Waste

Waste recovery and minimsation of filter cake

On World Environment Day 2015, the Port Kembla Steelworks Slabmaking Team was announced the winner of the inaugural BlueScope Environment Award for their project: Waste Recovery and Minimisation of Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (BOS) Filter Cake.

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