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Waste

Total waste generation company-wide in 2017 decreased. Waste reduction projects implemented in 2017 resulted in an additional 188 metric tons (MT) of annual waste reduction to achieve a total of 1,038 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 2,132 MT, or 21 percent, since 2007.


waste performance 2016

 

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Waste Hierarchy

 

Case Study: A New Life for Waste Plastics Read more...

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 fulfil our 2020 Targets and drive waste reduction and recycling deeper into our business include:

  • Sending plastics from manufacturing waste that are hard to recycle using conventional methods to special facilities that can process them for use as new products.
  • 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.
  • Reusing used but still useful equipment and spare supplies through our robust surplus asset management program.
  • 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.
  • Implementation of hazardous materials and hazardous waste management programs.



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