We have made advances in our commitment to reduce waste throughout all of our facilities worldwide. We are dedicated to identifying ways we can reduce waste even further.
In support of the 2020 Sustainability goal to integrate green design and reduce waste throughout our product portfolio, BMS is conducting environmental life cycle analyses of Yervoy® and Orencia® product packaging using software that assists in identifying the environmental impact of packaging material.
Packaging waste or packaging tonnage reduction (our 2010-2015 packaging sustainability metric) was replaced in the 2016-2020 packaging sustainability metrics with reduction of CO2 greenhouse gases, which are reported in Kilograms CO2 (e). Packaging analyses already conducted include a focus on transportation environmental impact as well as packaging material tonnage and the amount of recycled material we use in our packaging materials. Comparison of alternative packaging designs has identified improvements that are being pursued.
We promote recycling as a preferred alternative to disposal, but our ultimate goal is to reduce waste generation through source reduction. From 2015 to 2017, we decreased the total amount of hazardous waste generation by approximately 57 percent. Non-hazardous waste generated decreased by approximately 10 percent over the same period. When combined the total waste generated decreased by 29.0 percent, and decreased 40.0 percent when normalized by sales.
The amount of nonhazardous waste recycled increased by 50 percent during the same period. We also decreased the amount of hazardous waste recycled by 67 percent.
Bristol-Myers Squibb tracks hazardous and non-hazardous waste sent off-site from our facilities worldwide for recycling, reuse, treatment (including waste-to-energy) and 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.