Material TopicsWaste Management
Waste ManagementGRI 306: Waste 2020
Related SDGsSDG 12 Sustainable Consumption and Production
Policies or CommitmentsWith a commitment to sustainable operation and environmental protection, the company reduces waste and promotes resource reuse
through end-of-pipe treatment and process waste reduction, demonstrating ongoing care for the Earth. In the future, the company will
continue to assess the feasibility of source management based on the circular economy of the 4Rs, serving as the foundation for waste
generation and control.
Indicators and ObjectivesShort-term Goals
  • Properly carry out end-of-pipe treatment operations and continue to establish a comprehensive process waste reduction.
Long-term Goals
  • Continue to assess using the circular economy of 4Rs as the foundation for waste reduction, and ensure the legal and proper handling or reuse of all waste streams.
  • Required suppliers to set goals for waste reduction and recycling to minimize waste generation throughout the value chain.
Effective Tracking
  • Continue to implement performance management assessments through the ISO-14001 environmental management system to ensure the protection of employees, an environmental friendliness, and care for the Earth. If there are areas for improvement, relevant suggestions or improvement plans can be proposed through management measures to implement mitigation, prevention, or remediation.
  • Carefully select waste disposal contractors, regularly visit their facilities to verify the actual disposal and recycling of waste, and continuously evaluate their performance and conduct audits.
  • During the outsourcing period of waste disposal, the waste transportation and disposal situation will be tracked irregularly, and effectiveness tracking will be conducted by obtaining record of proper clearance through the declaration platform of the Ministry of Environment.
  • To ensure the effectiveness of the tracking mechanism, conduct periodic car-following external audits to identify any potential risks or oversights in the verification process.
  • The plant has internal communication channels for employees to make suggestions and engage in discussions, mitigating negative effects and fostering transparent collaboration to enhance the overall management system.
Annual Actions and
  • In 2022, the total amount of waste was 1,154.66 tons, with a recycling rate of 40.98%.
  • This year, a total of 8 audits were conducted at the waste treatment plant, and there were no abnormal situations found in the visit results. The clearance and disposal procedures all comply with the standards.
  • In accordance with the requirements of laws and regulations of environment, the selection of clearance and disposal suppliers is prioritized for those who have obtained qualifications for clear disposal or reuse from the Ministry of Environment or the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.


Collaborate with partners to reduce waste

As time passes, the issue of waste treatment plants reaching their deadline has surfaced, and the waste treatment problem will inevitably have an impact on the Company's sustainable operation. As a biopharmaceutical industry, Formosa Laboratories' production process generates three types of waste: hazardous industrial waste, non-hazardous industrial waste, and resource recycling waste. Adhering to the corporate sustainability development and environmental protection, the company promotes waste reduction and resource reuse through end-of-pipe treatment and process waste reduction. We continuously endeavor to care for the earth and work together to create a better environment for employees. In the future, we will assess the viability of source management in line with industry characteristic, life cycle concept, and the 4RS (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery), considering measures such as source reduction and the use of recycled materials, as the basis for waste generation and control.

The waste produced by the Company is legally entrusted to qualified domestic suppliers for waste removal and disposal. In order to efficiently monitor waste flow and guarantee that all waste is lawfully and appropriately disposed or recycled, Formosa Laboratories meticulously selects waste removal and disposal supplier. We regularly visit the suppliers to verify and compare their actual waste treatment and reuse at their facilities. Also, we enhance the auditing effectiveness by requiring waste clearance companies to join the GPS system for tracking and management. In addition to effectively promoting waste management in our own operations and production processes, Formosa Laboratories requires suppliers to set goals for waste reduction and recycling to minimize waste production throughout the entire value chain. This fosters suppliers to jointly promote energy conservation, waste reduction, and circular economy.


Reducing the impact of waste pollution

Formosa Laboratories belongs to biopharmaceutical industry, mainly engaged in the development of APIs and the production of Generic Drugs. The technical processes involved in the development and production of APIS include crystallization, decolonization, filtration, extraction, concentration, drying, and recycling. As a result of the manufacturing process, hazardous industrial waste, hazardous liquid waste, non-hazardous liquid waste, waste solids, and high-activity waste are generated. Any negligence in production, storage, transportation, and disposal could lead to environmental pollution and impact. Therefore, we handle it with caution, classify and clear the waste in accordance with Waste Disposal Act to achieve compliance and minimize the impact.

Waste Input and Output Type at Formosa Laboratories


Waste Management System

  1. Classify and store waste according to its properties. The ground of the storage area should be made of reinforced concrete. Depending on the different properties of the waste, it should be packaged in a closed, barrel, bag, or other appropriate manner to prevent spill or exposure, which could cause hazardous reactions, odor generation, or environmental pollution such as water, soil, and air pollution. The goal is to provide a safe and healthy working environment for employees.
  2. Regularly inspect storage areas and promptly address any issues of spill, storage, or pollution.
  3. Implement high quality training to ensure that employees comprehend waste management and abnormal handling and reporting. Develop and enhance contingency mechanisms using internal communication channels.
  4. Waste generated from the upstream and downstream supply chain (such as waste generated from engineering projects in plant or raw material supply processes) should be classified and managed by the supplier as required in the contract for establishing a strong partnership between the upstream and downstream, and to create a win-win and sustainable cities and communities development.
  5. Promote waste reduction policies by using double-sided printing or reusing the back of paper whenever possible for official documents and paper usage. Use the photocopy paper brand that has FSC label and recycled container, encouraging manufacturers to recycle and reuse.
  6. Waste disposal is entrusted to suppliers who have obtained the waste clearance permit or reuse permit from governmental agencies. Through the declaration and confirmation process on the waste website of Ministry of Environment, the compliance of waste flow, disposal schedule, and method are ensured. If there is any abnormal risks, it will be reported through the Department of Environmental Protection's reporting process to ensure proper waste management.
  7. At least one inspection for clearance of waste items required by regulations is carried out and recorded annually to avoid the risk of illegal dumping.
  8. Maintain effective communication channels with the upstream and downstream supply chain to foster a partnership in achieving environmental protection goals (terrestrial ecosystem/marine resources). Continuously assess innovative treatment technologies, improve working conditions, promote economic growth, and create a sustainable world for Formosa Laboratories and Taiwan.

The waste generated from the operations of Formosa Laboratories is entrusted to the third-party organization, and the execution of the review and audit is carried out through written documentation to ensure the actual disposal of the waste. This year, 8 audits were conducted, and there were no abnormal situations found in the visit results. The clearance procedures all comply with the standards.


Review of Written Documents

  1. Through the declaration and confirmation process on the waste website of Ministry of Environment, verify the compliance of waste flow and process schedule. If there is any abnormal risk, report it rough the notification proc, so that we can do a good job in the basic management of waste materials.
  2. Irregularly conduct online audit on disposal suppliers for any illegal behaviors. If there are violations of environmental laws and regulations, a thorough understanding will be gained through on-site audits, and the number of surprise inspections will be increased.

Execution of Audits (on-site investigation or audit).

At least one inspection for clearance of waste items required by regulations is carried out and recorded annually. The relevant audits will be conducted in an unpredictable and early warning manner to avoid illegal dumping.

  1. Legal disposal suppliers that are certified by the Ministry of Environment.
  2. Possess a legal disposal permit.
  3. Clearance triplet manifest, GPS, weight note, proper clearance sheet, and in-plant release order.
  4. Ensure that the waste storage, clearance, disposal, and reuse are all in compliance with operational management and that records are maintained.
  5. Employer conducts visits and audits at least once a year and to keep a record of such activities.


Waste Data Overview

In addition, through collecting and testing relevant data on waste, a monitoring operation arrangement mechanism and management method are established. The Company collects relevant data in three ways, including collecting weight and data, testing data, and waste storage data.

Overview of Total Waste in 2022

(unit: metric tons) Note 1: The total quantity of 4 73.23 tons of waste disposal transferred was recycled and reused, and there was no in-plant reuse.
Note 2: The total quantity of waste directly disposed of was 180.89 metric tons by incineration and 500.54 metric tons by landfilling.


Relevant Process of Collecting and Monitoring Data on Waste by Formosa Laboratories


Waste Treatment of Formosa Laboratories in the Past 3 Years

Note 1: Treatment site: All are off-site (outsourced processing).
Note 2: Treatment methods: recycling and reuse (producing new materials through reprocessing), incineration, landfilling, and other disposal operations.
Note 3: Recycling and reuse rate (%)= total quantity of recycling and reuse/total quantity of waste*100%
Note 4: The method for determining hazardous industrial waste and non-hazardous industrial waste is based on the "Waste Disposal Act" and the Standards for Defining Hazardous Industrial Waste" in Taiwan.