Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
WASTE REDUCTION, REUSE AND RECYCLING
ZERO WASTE CERTIFICATION
In the world of sustainability, less is usually better. In the world of waste, zero is the best. Raytheon set an aggressive goal in 2016 to obtain Zero Waste certification at 20 of our sites by 2020.
The certification program is now run by Green Business Certification Inc. This organization manages many different environmental certification programs, including the well-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification program.
RAYTHEON SET AN AGGRESSIVE GOAL IN 2016 TO OBTAIN ZERO WASTE CERTIFICATION AT 20 OF OUR SITES BY 2020.
The Total Resource Use and Efficiency Zero Waste certification requires sites to divert at least 90 percent of their waste from landfills and incinerators, and to score at least 31 out of the 81 zero waste points in 15 different categories that include redesign of processes, zero waste purchasing, upstream management and leadership involvement.
Auditors from the certifying body visit each facility to verify the information contained in the application. TRUE zero waste certified spaces are environmentally responsible, resource efficient and have low ecological and carbon footprints.
In 2015, Raytheon was the first aerospace and defense company to obtain zero waste certification. We did so at two locations at the same time: our Integrated Defense Systems headquarters in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and our Global Headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts. Since that time, we’ve obtained certification at five additional sites. Raytheon’s Precision Manufacturing facility in Dallas, Texas, is the most recent facility to obtain Zero Waste certification, earning it in 2017.
These sites have implemented many innovative practices to reduce waste, reuse materials, recycle waste, implement environmentally preferred purchasing practices and partner with suppliers to reduce waste.
Diverting Waste from Landfills and Incinerators
In 2017, Raytheon achieved our highest solid waste diversion rate ever, recycling or reusing 79 percent of the wastes we generated rather than disposing of them in landfills or incinerators. We recycled or reused close to 15,000 tons of solid waste, up 27 percent from 2016.
The best way to manage waste is to avoid generating it to begin with. A strong waste management program increases business efficiency, reduces cost and is good for the environment. We continually seek ways to minimize waste throughout our facilities by evaluating waste-generating processes like shipping and receiving, manufacturing, offices, cafeteria, warehousing and grounds keeping.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We follow EPA’s Waste Management Hierarchy, seeking to reduce, reuse, or recycle materials before we consider energy recovery (incineration), treatment or landfill disposal.
We try to pursue the highest and best use of materials where possible and look for ways to extend the life cycles of materials and equipment. For example, some sites have switched from wooden pallets to durable plastic ones with longer life spans for selected uses.
Many of our sites use reusable containers for inter/intra-plant shipping of certain equipment or parts where possible, and reusable textiles (e.g., rags, absorbent mats) that get periodically laundered and reused. At a couple of our sites, our shipping and receiving personnel reuse packing materials/foam from incoming shipments in outgoing shipments.
In addition, we donate materials and equipment to schools and other nonprofit organizations on a regular basis, which is a form of “reuse.”
Composting of waste is an aerobic method of slowly decomposing certain types of solid waste to produce a valuable and nutrient rich soil. As new outlets for composting open, including organic food composting, we’ve increased the amount of waste we compost.
We compost food waste from many of our dining centers and from employees’ offices. Many of our sites also compost or mulch grass clippings and yard waste generated from landscaping activities. In 2017, 25 of our facilities composted some of their wastes, and we are looking to expand the volume and the number of sites.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT
This year’s report provides a detailed overview of Raytheon’s corporate responsibility initiatives, highlighting our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance and reduce our environmental footprint.
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