Effluents and Waste

Our production processes generate effluents, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes that are treated in full compliance with environmental protection laws.

ADAMA is committed to the circular economy approach and operates recycling centers to plastic wastes, and reverse osmosis facility to reclaim its effluents.

ADAMA reuses high caloric organic waste as fuel substitute to operate its thermal oxidizers, originally fired by fossil fuels.

Effluents and Waste

Toc in effluents (tonne)302201178208212189181

ADAMA Solutions data. The performance of our two Chinese sites is reported separately.


A continues and steady decrease of discharged organic content is observed over the past 8 years.

Effluents and Waste

2014201520162017201820192020Target 2024
Hazardous waste (tonne)21,94022,76527,54327,12623,42930,968*25,588**26,322

ADAMA Solutions data. The performance of our two Chinese sites is reported separately.

* Out of 2,817 tonnes were recycled or reused.

** Additional 8,107 tonnes were recycled or reused.

In 2020, despite increase in manufacturing production ADAMA decrease the absolute hazardous waste. Moreover, recycled/reused hazardous waste increase by 50% to 8107 tonnes. This value is a milestone toward our 5 years plan goal to reduce 15% in waste designated to landfill and incineration by 2024.

Actions to Minimize our Impact

Soil and Groundwater Remediation

We thoroughly monitor and remediate contaminated soil and groundwater in most of our sites. In 2020, we initiated a groundwater and soil gas remediation at one site, finalize a comprehensive soil gas, soil, and groundwater analysis at another site and conducted verification sampling to verify remediation outcome at a third site.

Case Study: Remediating historic groundwater contamination at the Agan site

We took action to remediate historic groundwater contamination at our Agan site. In 2020, we finalized to drill a new well, located at the center of the contamination plume. The water will be pumped and treated prior utilizing as operation water in the plant. Remediation plans to last >10 years, until meeting the remediation goals.  The construction of 46 observation wells, down to 96m deep will help to monitor the progress of the remediation.

Simultaneously, remediation of soil gas by using the Soil vapor Extraction technology was installed and plan to start on the 3rd quarter of 2021.

Reducing Effluent Loads

We aim to keep our surrounding marine environments healthy and clean, and so strive to curtail any discharges created at our facilities.

Case Study: Herbicides at AGAN site

We invest continuous efforts in reducing the residuals of herbicides discharged into the Mediterranean Sea from the Agan site. We

  • Ensure optimal conditions at our B-WWTP
  • Convert liquid waste to solid
  • Maintain a high level of housekeeping to eliminate spills

Despite our increased levels of production, the total amount of discharged herbicides decreased gradually from 2.8 tonne in 2013 to 0.84 tonne in 2020.

Herbecides Discharge (tonne/year) 2013-2020

The impact of the effluents is quantified twice a year by the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute and submitted directly to the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection. As of today, no evidence of any impact on marine life and environment has been found.

Recycling, Upcycling, and Reuse

In 2020 we worked on recycling, upcycling, and reuse projects to prolong the lifecycle of the materials we use.

Case Study: New Life for Plastics

  • We operate internal plastic recycling centers at the Agan and Makhteshim sites, where we wash and grind plastic barrels, IBCs, and large bags. Our 2020 plastic waste recycling stood at 498 tonnes.
  • We collect empty, used plastic containers from Brazilian and EU farmers to upcycle them into industrial piping. In 2020, we introduce the same methodology into Israel, yet recycle plastic will serve to produce new containers with up to 30% recyclable material.
  • We recycle solvents for internal or external reuse at the Agan and Makhteshim sites.

Looking Ahead

We are committed to continue reducing the absolute total organic carbon (TOC) effluents even as our production volume continues to increase.
We are targeting a 15% absolute reduction by 2024.

GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

GRI 103, GRI 301-2, GRI 301-3, GRI 306-1, GRI 306-3

Sustainable Development Goals

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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