Bristol-Myers Squibb promotes recycling as a preferred alternative to disposal, but our ultimate goal is to reduce nonhazardous waste generation through source reduction. Our Sustainability 2015 Goal is to reduce packaging waste by 5 percent from a 2009 baseline year. From 2009 to 2011, the total amount of nonhazardous waste generated increased by 12.8 percent.
From 2009 to 2011, the amount of nonhazardous waste recycled increased by 21.0 percent absolute.
From 2009 to 2011, the amount of hazardous waste generated increased by 15.2 percent. The amount of hazardous waste recycled increased by 10.9 percent during the same period.
From 2009 to 2011 the total waste generated increased by 13.6 percent and remained unchanged when normalized by sales. The increase in waste was due to an increase in production volumes and qualification of our new biologics plant.
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.