Different types of waste are generated during each stage of the mining process. Hecla strives to reduce waste output on all fronts specific to each operation, and we continuously explore the environmentally responsible use of resources, products, and materials.
All our operations have active programs for reuse, recycling, and recovery of hazardous and non-hazardous materials such as scrap metal, batteries, antifreeze, used oil, and paints/solvents. In 2020, company-wide Hecla generated 3,208 tons of non and hazardous waste and recycled 1,600 tons or 50% of material (metals, batteries, oil, paper, paint/ solvents, and cardboard). Learn more in our 2020 Sustainability Report.
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