Waste

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In 2012, we reduced waste sent to landfill by more than 16 million pounds across our operations. As a result, we beat our Go Green target by a spectacular margin, achieving a 48 percent reduction since 2007. Our comprehensive approach to waste reduction made this possible. It includes wide-ranging recycling programs, innovative processes that reduce packaging for large aircraft parts, waste-to-energy projects and cafeteria composting programs.

Our waste functional procedure ensures the responsible management of waste leaving our facilities. It includes the requirement that all waste shall be managed in accordance with the applicable laws of the country in which it is generated. All waste generated in countries outside of North America must be disposed of in-country unless there is no acceptable disposal capability within that country.

Electronic Waste Stewardship
In 2012, we announced new commitments to e-waste stewardship through the Corporate EcoForum at the Rio +20 UN Conference on Environment and Development. Much of the world’s e-waste is shipped to developing countries for recovery of valuable materials such as aluminum, copper, iron and rare earth elements, reducing the need to mine virgin sources. Many Lockheed Martin products use aluminum, terbium and copper. Proper disposal of e-waste is critically important for local environments and human safety. When e-waste is discarded into open dumps or burn pits rather than recycled, there are serious impacts to ground water, soil, air quality and the health of those in the surrounding communities.

Lockheed Martin's e-waste stewardship strategy now includes:

  • Improving Internal Processes: We have instituted vigorous e-recycling vendor requirements and enhanced monitoring of compliance with our requirements. By June 2013, we expect all our e-recycling vendors will be certified e-Stewards who have committed: to not dispose of e-waste in landfills or incinerators, not to ship waste from developed to developing countries, not to use prison labor in recycling practices and to protect and monitor recycling workers in all countries.
  • Educating Employees: We are enriching our sustainability and citizenship culture by educating employees to make smarter, better informed decisions about e-waste.
  • Educating Externally through STEM Outreach: We are developing e-waste K-12 educational material for STEM-related programs to inform the next generation of consumers and engineers.

Waste Leadership At Space Systems
In four years, the dedicated infrastructure services recycling team at our Space Systems facility in Waterton, Co., eliminated or diverted from landfill more than two million pounds of on-site waste. Between 2009 and 2012, the site reduced waste to landfill tonnage by 68 percent from 2007 levels. Approximately 40 tons of materials are now being recycled at the plant each month.

The site’s comprehensive waste-reduction activities include eliminating 70 percent of the campus roll-off dumpsters, conducting monthly bin audits, wood composting, asphalt and concrete recycling and classified shred composting. In addition to site efforts, community events were held where vendors allowed employees to recycle home electronics, batteries and paper. The team, pictured to the left, was named one of the Mountain Region’s top recyclers by their recycling vendor.

Glass Half Full
Our businesses are finding creative uses for specialized waste streams. A team from the National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia National Laboratories, which is managed by Lockheed Martin, developed an innovative way to dispose of 5,000 mirrored glass facets. The waste-reduction team worked with colleagues to use the glass in material for road base on Sandia’s paved roads and paths instead of disposing of the mirrors after their 30- year lifetime. The recycling effort kept the glass from landfill and saved $153,000.

Chemical Sustainability
We have an ongoing chemical sustainability initiative that maps the chemical footprint of our operations and processes and seeks opportunities to eliminate or reduce hazardous chemicals. For example, in 2011 and 2012, our facility in Newtown, Pa., eliminated or successfully substituted all Class-I Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) with the exception of fire-suppression and HVAC refrigerant ozone depleters in manufacturing processes.

The eliminations/substitutions included:

  • Eliminated from inventory due to non-use: Minus 62 instant chiller 1669-15S, 30S (Dichlorodifluoromethande [CFC-12])
  • Substituted with a non-ODC option: MS-240AS Anti-static quik freeze dichloro (difluoromethane [CFC-12])

We will continue to seek corporate-wide opportunities to eliminate and/or reduce hazardous chemicals.

Recycling Team Top in Colorado

Waste Leadership at Space Systems

Recycling Team in Colorado from left to right: Ken Disney, James Torres, Victor Taggart, Mike Herald, Tracie Newton, Sean Van Gorder, Louise Quintana, Bruce Olson and Seth Christensen. Not pictured Stan Merritt.


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Glass Half Full

At Sandia National Solar Thermal Test Facility, recycling efforts turned 5,000 mirrored glass facets into paved roads.


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