We have made advances in our commitment to reduce waste throughout all of our facilities worldwide. We are dedicated to identify ways we can reduce waste even further.
We promote recycling as a preferred alternative to disposal, but our ultimate goal is to reduce waste generation through source reduction. Our 2015 Goal to reduce packaging waste by 5 percent supported this objective. From 2013 to 2015, we decreased the total amount of nonhazardous waste by 15.5 percent.
The amount of nonhazardous waste recycled increased by over 100 percent absolute during the same period. The amount of hazardous waste decreased by 7.2 percent. We also decreased the amount of hazardous waste recycled by 40 percent. 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.
For more information, see our Sustainability Goals.