2017 Sustainability Report

Operational Impact

Materials & Waste

Reduction in Waste to
Landfill by 2019

Xylem has already met its 2019 goal for waste reduction. Even though we’ve reached our 2019 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 work with our waste contractors to direct more of it toward recycling and reuse, and less to landfills and incinerators. Total waste decreased 14.1 percent from 2016 to 2017, and we recorded a 9.3 percent decrease in total hazardous waste. We have reduced waste to landfill by 41.8 percent against our 2014 baseline.

Waste Management*
Waste by Type and Disposal Method (metric tons) 2016 2017
Non-Hazardous Waste Recycled 25,495 21,780
Non-Hazardous Waste to Non-Landfill1 2,176 1,373
Non-Hazardous Waste to Landfill 2,891 3,030
Total Non-Hazardous Waste 30,562 26,183
Hazardous Waste Recycled 293 259
Hazardous Waste to Non-Landfill2 1,004 846
Hazardous Waste to Landfill 98 160
Total Hazardous Waste 1,395 1,265
Total Waste Recycled 25,788 22,039
Total Waste to Non-Landfill 3,180 2,219
Total Waste to Landfill 2,989 3,190
Total Waste 31,957 27,448
Percentage Decrease Relative to 2014 Baseline 41.4% 41.8%

* Values in this table have been restated

1 Requalification of waste to non-landfill

2 Requalification of waste to non-landfill

Carbide Tools Recycling

Recycling of carbide tools is both environmentally beneficial and profitable. Making new tools from recycled solid carbide requires 70 percent less energy than making them from virgin raw materials. Because these raw materials are scarce and finite, and because carbide tools are widely used in our production for metal cutting operations, Xylem’s Montecchio, Italy, manufacturing facility made carbide recycling a priority in 2017. Our approach for improvement involves several steps:

  • Xylem is installing collection points within the plant
  • Roles and responsibilities for workers in helping to facilitate the recycling process have been determined
  • Training of our workers across the facility is well underway

To date, 17 workers have been trained for carbide recycling. We’re already seeing the benefit. In the first month of implementation, the total volume of carbide tools collected doubled. Through internal cross-functional collaboration at the plant, carbide recycling is now a standard procedure for everyone at Montecchio.