Waste reduction is a key driver in our path to sustainability. We strive to eliminate waste when possible and divert waste streams from landfills through recycling and composting initiatives.

Shipping Container Packaging Reduction in Cambridge

To keep therapies cool during shipping from manufacturing sites to clinics, we have used insulated shippers outfitted with spray foam and gel packs, neither of which are recyclable. In 2010, select therapies no longer required cooled shipping, so our Cambridge team introduced recyclable double-walled cardboard cartons containing 25-35 percent recycled content for these products. Since implementation in March 2010, we converted more than 35 percent of our shipments to the cardboard cartons, eliminating the need for more than 2,360 gel packs and 1,180 insulated cartons and saving $72,000 in packaging costs.

One Hundred Percent Recycled Content Paper in Research Triangle Park, NC

In 2010, our 20-person volunteer sustainability team wanted to switch from zero recycled content paper to 100 percent recycled content paper. Since this paper was 20 percent more expensive than the existing paper, the team challenged employees to reduce paper use by 20 percent as a means of offsetting the incremental cost increase. Using interoffice competitions and education campaigns, the office reached its goal and made the switch to 100 percent recycled content paper.

Compostable and Reusable Products in Employee Cafés

In 2009, we switched to all compostable cups, plates and cutlery in our Cambridge and RTP cafés. In 2010, we distributed reusable mugs to each employee to reduce waste from beverage containers. In RTP, this effort has eliminated the use of disposable cups, saving approximately $50,000 and four tons of waste to landfill per year.

Expanded Recycling Infrastructure in Hillerød

In 2009, our Hillerød, Denmark, facility created a database of its entire waste stream to help employees determine appropriate venues for disposing of waste and recyclables. In 2010, we implemented the corresponding recycling infrastructure to collect and sort the different waste streams. In 2011, we plan to measure specific waste streams to determine priority areas for developing waste-reduction goals.