light tubes and spent oil from internal transport. Since 1997 the specific quantity of
hazardous waste has increased from 260 tonnes to 581 tonnes in 1999. This increase is
due to the improved sorting procedures used to separate the various sources of was
te and the introduction of improved methods of measurement.
In spite of Heineken's environmental management system a number of incidents
nonetheless occurred in 1998 and 1999. Heineken reported these incidents to the
relevant local competent authorities. Measures to provide solutions for the relevant
problems have since either been initiated or completed.
The statutory limits applicable to the quality of the wastewater were exceeded on
a number of occasions by Mouterij Albert (Belgium) and the Zlaty Bazant (Slovakia)
and Pivara Skopje (Macedonia) breweries. The three companies concerned, expect
that these problems will be resolved within one year.
In 1998, as a result of problems with the water-injection system of the gas turbines
in the co-generation plant, the Zoeterwoude (the Netherlands) brewery temporarily
exceeded the standards for the emissions of nitrogen-oxides. The problem was
resolved during the first quarter of 1999 and the Zoeterwoude brewery is now again
in full compliance with the Dutch standards for nitrogen-oxide emissions.
Two incidents at Heineken's Dutch soft drink manufacturing subsidiary Vrumona
resulted in the permitted levels for the quality of the wastewater being exceeded
fora brief period of time. In both instances corrective measures were rapidly imple-
IN LINE WITH THE CUSTOMARY PRACTICE AT ALL OUR BREWERIES, GLASS WASTE - ORIGINATING FROM BREAKAGE AND BOTTLES REJECTED DURING THE BOT
TLING PROCESS - IS COLLECTED IN HUNGARY READY FOR RECYCLING.
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