Reducing Waste

Through partnerships with our waste and resource recovery suppliers, we have successfully identified several non-landfill options for our waste streams.

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% 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.

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. To read the full CEF report, see:

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 of these materials are used in our products, including 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 erecycling vendors will be certified e-Stewards who have committed: not to 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. Read our brochure.
  • 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.


On Earth Day, in April 2011, seven facilities were presented with a
"Lockheed Martin Greenest Cafeteria" plaque by Lockheed Martin Global Supply Chain Operations. Several of the green cafeterias have implemented food composting to reduce waste.

Helping Employees Recycle

Lockheed Martin employees in Palmdale, Calif., play an interactive game to learn about materials that can and cannot be recycled in their new single-stream recycling program.


Sending Less to the Landfills

We partnered with an IT supplier to eliminate extra packaging by redesigning a multipack shipping container for computers.