Xylem has already met its 2019 goal for waste reduction. One of the key reasons for this success is our increased recycling efforts. A sand recycling project completed at our Slaton, Texas, factory alone, for example, contributed to a 38-percent waste reduction. In 2016, Xylem recorded a 12.5 percent decrease in the amount of total waste recycled, driven by a decrease in overall non-hazardous components of waste.
Total waste decreased 5.6 percent from 2015 to 2016. We have reduced waste to landfill by 43.6 percent against our 2014 baseline. This metric reversed slightly from 2015 to 2016 due to the reclassification of how hazardous waste recycled and non-hazardous waste-to-landfill was calculated at certain sites.
|Non-Hazardous Waste Recycled||29,087||25,354|
|Non-Hazardous Waste to Non-Landfill||853||2,359|
|Non-Hazardous Waste to Landfill||2,999*||2,845|
|Total Non-Hazardous Waste||32,939||30,559|
|Hazardous Waste Recycled||220||286|
|Hazardous Waste to Non-Landfill||654||1,086|
|Hazardous Waste to Landfill||127†||100|
|Total Hazardous Waste||1,001||1,471|
|Total Waste Recycled||29,307||25,640|
|Total Waste to Non-Landfill||1,507||3,445|
|Total Waste to Landfill||3,126||2,945|
|Percentage Decrease Relative to 2014 Baseline||45.26%||43.6%|
* Value restated due to reporting error in 2015 (-51%).
† Value restated due to re-qualification of end-treatment in 2015 (+59.8%).
Even though we’ve reached our goal, we are continuing to focus on reducing waste generation through Lean Six Sigma initiatives and other practices that eliminate scrap and waste from our operations. When we do need to dispose of waste, we direct more of it toward recycling and reuse, and less to landfills and incinerators.