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EMC encourages recycling in our owned and operated facilities. In addition to meeting regulatory requirements for waste reduction and recycling in the countries where we operate, the EMC® global recycling strategy aims to take advantage of all reasonable opportunities to minimize our waste disposal needs through waste reduction techniques, material reuse, and recycling efforts, including composting.


We use the following approach to capture recyclable materials in our facilities around the world:

  • 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, which reduces 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 Massachusetts, North Carolina, and California, we’ve focused efforts on our cafeteria and have already replaced many traditional service items with compostable alternatives. In 2013, we will work with our supplier Sodexo to research and identify additional compostable products for use in our facilities.

Other highlights from 2012 include:

  • Our Massachusetts locations alone composted more than 138 metric tons of waste.
  • Our North Carolina locations composted more than 17 metric tons.
  • Our Cork, Ireland location reused 441 metric tons, recycled 998 metric tons, and composted 21.5 metric tons.
  • Our Bangalore, India location recycled 97.7 metric tons.

Realizing that recycling is managed and controlled in our company-owned facilities, we continue to explore recycling opportunities and efficiencies in leased facilities.

CASE STUDY: EMC’s Apex Manufacturing Facility Pushes for Zero Waste to Landfill

EMC encourages our facilities to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Each year, we work with vendors to find solutions for recycling a different material such as wooden pallets, shrink wrap, or bottles and cans. In 2012, we explored improving our existing polypropylene foam recycling program at the Apex facility by developing a new approach that compresses the foam onsite, thereby requiring fewer truckloads to deliver the material for recycling. This new approach serves as an example of how EMC continues to evolve our processes to reduce the impact of materials we use. We plan to launch this solution in 2013 and achieve zero waste-to-landfill at the Apex facility by 2016.

CASE STUDY: Power Flo Option for Compactors

In 2012, EMC’s waste and recycling vendor, E.L. Harvey, converted standard hydraulic fluid to an eco-friendlier Power Flo fluid for all self-contained compactors at several Massachusetts locations. The new Power Flo option requires less frequent pick up by our vendor, E.L. Harvey, and utilizes new hydraulic fluids that have a reduced environmental impact. They are readily biodegradable and require less servicing than previously-used hydraulic fluids.


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.

The India COE continues to be authorized by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board to store, handle, and dispose of its own eWaste. In 2012, we disposed of 1.6 metric tons of eWaste. The COE is working with local recycling partners to further improve the eWaste program in 2013.

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. We do not use any Ozone-Depleting Chemicals (ODCs) in the manufacturing of our products, and 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 less than 0.1 metric ton 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 1 metric ton of hazardous waste in any calendar month.
  • As SQHs, the Apex and Franklin facilities accumulate less than 5 metric tons of universal waste onsite at any time.

In 2012, there were no significant spills on any EMC property.

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