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Waste

Total waste generation company-wide in 2016 increased from 2015. In 2016, we added waste generation from our new manufacturing facility in Singapore. This addition was partially offset by two facility closures completed in late 2015 and specific waste reduction and recycling projects. Waste reduction projects implemented in 2016 resulted in an additional 162 metric tons (MT) of annual waste reduction to achieve a total of 850 MT since establishing our 2020 Targets in 2013. We measure progress towards our targets by quantifying results of projects and initiatives independent of growth or contraction of the business. We do not count facility or building closures in our target progress. We have reduced waste generation through projects eliminating 1,944 MT, or 19 percent, since 2007.


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Waste Hierarchy

 

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Amgen is a multifaceted business operating in a complex global environment. As we assure compliance with applicable regulations, we diligently seek to reduce waste and increase recycling to reduce our environmental footprint. We strive for waste reduction as the most sustainable way to manage our business and minimize disposal to landfills.

Two of our sites have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status with a strategy that includes incineration for energy recovery technology. Some of the waste-reduction practices and projects we implement to drive waste reduction and recycling deeper into our business include:

  • Sending plastics from manufacturing waste that are hard to recycle conventionally to special facilities that can process them for use as new products.
  • Donating equipment that is used but still useful and spare lab consumables for use by students at schools, education programs, and universities, including the Amgen Biotech Experience.
  • Reusing equipment within the company using an inventory database system that matches staff with equipment they need.
  • Composting of food waste, paper towels, and landscaping waste where available in the various municipalities where Amgen operates.
  • Using recycled content in packaging and marketing materials.
  • Assessing packaging for opportunities to reduce waste.
  • Managing chemicals more efficiently to reduce waste
  • Providing a waste-to-energy-recovery program for materials associated with our combination products, ensuring that disposal of these products is managed in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
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