Recycling & Waste
EMC is constantly increasing recycling and material reuse in our owned and operated facilities, and encourages recycling and reuse in our leased facilities. In addition to meeting regulatory requirements for waste reduction and recycling in the countries where we operate, EMC’s global recycling strategy is to seek opportunities to minimize waste disposal through reduction techniques, material reuse, and recycling efforts. Looking ahead in 2014, we will continue to focus on new opportunities, sharing best practices between our facilities on a global basis, and increasing employee awareness.
Minimizing Manufacturing Waste
We further reduced the waste we sent to landfill from seven percent of our overall manufacturing refuse stream in 2012 to three percent in 2013.
Recycling & Composting
We use the following approach to capture recyclable materials in our facilities:
- In our Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, California, and Cork locations, recyclables are removed from the waste stream by waste management contractors or municipal providers.
- In our manufacturing operations, waste materials are segregated and recycled by our waste management vendors into reusable commodities, reducing the overall cost of recycling to the business.
We are continuously looking for opportunities to improve our recycling and composting efforts at our global facilities. In our cafeterias in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and California, we have replaced many traditional service items with compostable alternatives. In 2013, we worked with Sodexo (cafeteria food service) and E.L. Harvey (waste/recycling) to refresh recycling and composting efforts at our 176 South Street location in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. This pilot program enabled us to revamp old recycling and compost signage and improve recycling receptacles. We plan to extend the program to nearby locations in 2014.
Other highlights from 2013 include:
- Our Massachusetts locations recycled more than 452 metric tons, and composted more than 132 metric tons of waste.
- Our North Carolina locations composted more than 11.9 metric tons, and avoided 3,683 metric tons or 96.8 percent of our total waste stream to landfill
- Our Cork, Ireland, location reused 485 metric tons, recycled 1,246 metric tons, and composted 42 metric tons
- The Bangalore, India, location recycled 92.8 metric tons and reused 0.5 metric tons – approximately 80 percent of the waste generated
We continue to explore recycling opportunities and efficiencies in company-owned and leased facilities.
We encourage and accept returns of all EMC-branded products at the end of their useful life. We also strive to re-use office electronics, extend their useful life, and reduce waste at all of our company-owned and operated facilities. When office electronics reach the end of their useful life, they are either returned to those manufacturers who accept them, or sent to IT Asset Disposal suppliers for reuse or recycling.
In India, our Center of Excellence (COE) continues to be authorized by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board to store, handle, and dispose of its own eWaste. In 2013, we disposed of 24.5 metric tons of eWaste through this facility. The COE is working with local recycling partners to further improve the eWaste program in 2013.
To learn more about EMC’s vision for and management of eWaste, visit Product End of Life.
We are committed to reducing and eliminating the use of hazardous materials in our operations wherever possible. Our manufacturing operations generate only small quantities of hazardous waste (as defined by the U.S. and Ireland Environmental Protection Agencies). In addition:
- The Apex, North Carolina, manufacturing facility is a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) of hazardous waste and a Small Quantity Handler (SQH) of universal waste. As a CESQG, the Apex facility generates 100 kilograms or less of hazardous waste in any calendar month.
- The Franklin, Massachusetts, manufacturing facility is registered as a Small Quantity Generator (SQG) of hazardous waste and waste oil, and is considered an SQH of universal waste. As an SQG, the Franklin facility generates less than 1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste in any calendar month.
- The Cork, Ireland, manufacturing facility produced 5.78 metric tons of hazardous waste over the course of 2013 that was removed and managed by specialist licensed operators.
In 2013, there were no significant spills on any EMC property.