Bristol-Myers Squibb promotes recycling as a preferred alternative to disposal, but our ultimate goal is to reduce waste generation through source reduction. Our Sustainability 2015 Goal to reduce packaging waste by 5 percent from a 2009 baseline year supported this objective.
From 2013 to 2015, the total amount of nonhazardous waste generated decreased by 15.5 percent. From 2013 to 2015, the amount of nonhazardous waste recycled increased by over 100 percent absolute. The amount of hazardous waste generated decreased by 7.2 percent. The amount of hazardous waste recycled decreased by 40.0 percent during the same period. When combined the total waste generated decreased by 12.1 percent, and decreased 13.0 percent when normalized by sales.
Bristol-Myers Squibb tracks hazardous waste sent off-site from our facilities worldwide for recycling, reuse, treatment or disposal. Data does not include hazardous waste generated as a result of onsite remediation activities. The vast majority of hazardous waste is incinerated, with only the residual ash disposed to land. Hazardous waste is defined by local, state or country regulations.