2016 Sustainability Report

2016 Sustainability Report

Operational Impact

Materials & Waste


Waste to

by 2019

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.

Waste Management

Waste by Type and Disposal Method
(metric tons)

2015 2016
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
Total Waste 33,941 32,030
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.