In its business activities, EVRAZ produces large volumes of general and metal production waste (not related to mineral extraction), as well as mining waste, such as overburden, tailings and barren rock. The Group uses the best available practices of waste management methods in this area to make rational use of natural resources and reduce waste generation. These are the components of our waste management approach, listed in order of priority on the right.
The amount of waste and by-products generated at our enterprises in 2021 totalled to 195.7 million tonnes, including 8.6 million of non-mining waste.
EVRAZ strives to increase the amount of recycled and reused waste in accordance with its Environmental strategy. In 2021, 66.8 million tonnes of waste (including mining waste) were recycled. Nonhazardous mining waste is used for land restoration and the construction of dams and roads.
EVRAZ considers the safety of tailings storage facilities (TSFs) a priority, as their use poses significant environmental risks. The Group owns three metallurgical TSFs located at EVRAZ ZSMK and EVRAZ KGOK. The dam safety management system ensures compliance with the relevant legislation and covers all stages of TSF service life: design, construction, operation and closure. Safety is continually monitored, and our TSFs are regularly reviewed by both internal and external specialists and regulators.