Responsible Mining

Tailings Management

Mining activities – extracting, processing and refining – generate waste by-products in the form of tailings and waste rock, as well as some non-hazardous and hazardous materials. These wastes, as well as the processes for storing and transporting it, can pose environmental and public health risks.

Responsible management of tailings is essential for protecting both the environment and human health. Over the past several years, there have been several catastrophic tailings facility failures around the world. In response to these serious failures, the mining industry has been working to research and develop practical tools and tailings and waste management solutions to advance best practices to achieve the safe and secure management of mine tailings facilities globally.

“Leading industry best practice includes the ICMM position statement on Preventing Catastrophic Failure of Tailings Storage Facilities as well as other multi-disciplinarian frameworks such as the MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining.”

2019 Performance Highlights

  • Zero significant incidents at B2Gold’s tailings embankments across all operations
  • Implemented governance improvements in line with updated international practices including comprehensive updates to our Tailings Management Standard and our criteria for embankment annual inspections and third-party reviews

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