Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report


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Waste management

TI has long aspired to efficiently use, recycle or reuse materials across its operations. Not only does reducing waste save the company money on custodial and disposal costs, but it also keeps non-biodegradable and other undesirable items out of local landfills. Conservation and recycling activities also remind employees to do their part to protect the environment and facilitate operational efficiency, which improves shareholder value.

We start by simply buying fewer materials, when possible. For example, we implemented a new program in 2012, in which each manufacturing site identified and reduced the use of at least one hazardous material. We also encourage wider use of electronic documentation to reduce the amount of paper purchased. In addition, we provide reusable tableware in some cafeterias, among other initiatives, to further reduce the amount of materials purchased and waste generated.

Differences in global regulatory programs and available recycling infrastructures affect the way we recycle. As a result, our collection, reuse and disposal programs vary among the countries where we operate. However, each major production site around the world operates a robust recycling program for industrial and nonindustrial waste. Where practical, our administrative buildings recycle paper, cardboard and aluminum cans, and in some cases, even organic waste.

We encourage all employees globally to recycle through ongoing communications, appointing local sustainability champions, hosting waste collection Earth Day events, and maintaining an educational sustainability-focused website. Information is localized so it is relevant to our various operating regions.