Material & Resource Use
Recycling & Waste
EMC encourages recycling in our owned and operated facilities to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
Recycling & Composting
We use the following approach to capture recyclable materials in our facilities around the world:
- In our Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, and Cork locations, recyclables are removed from the waste stream by waste management contractors or municipal providers.
- In our manufacturing operations, recyclables are sorted and resold to recycling vendors – reducing waste and costs, and making the process more efficient.
Realizing that recycling is managed and controlled in our company-owned facilities, we have begun to explore recycling opportunities and efficiencies in leased facilities. Starting in 2011, we now require specific sustainability information, including details on facility recycling, in all new lease agreements.
We also are always looking for opportunities to improve and innovate. We compost cafeteria waste at several facilities worldwide and added Apex, North Carolina to the list in 2011.
Other highlights from 2011 include:
- Our Massachusetts locations alone composted more than 102 tonnes.
- Our Cork, Ireland location recycled 1577 tonnes.
- Our Bangalore, India location recycled 20.16 tonnes.
We 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 returned to manufacturers who accept them for take back, or sent to disposal vendors for responsible reuse or recycling.
In 2011, the India Center of Excellence (COE) was authorized by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board to store, handle and dispose of its own eWaste. This will help us dispose of about 12.7 tonnes of eWaste annually.
To learn more about EMC’s vision for 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. For example:
- 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 less than 220 pounds 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 a SQH of universal waste. As an SQG, the Franklin facility generates less than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste in any calendar month.
- As SQHs, the Apex and Franklin facilities accumulate less than 11,000 pounds of universal waste on-site at any time.
In 2011, there were no significant spills on any EMC property. However, there was a small release (less than 30 gallons) of hydraulic oil at one of our campus locations. The required regulatory agency notifications were made, the released material was recovered to the extent possible, and other appropriate remedial actions were executed. Also, an assessment of the subsurface conditions confirmed that residual hydraulic oil impacts following remedial actions were minor and localized to the release area. Lastly, a risk characterization confirmed that the conditions at the release site pose no significant risk to human health, public welfare and the environment, and a closure report was filed with state authorities. No further actions are required.