Brewer Science earns GreenCircle certification

21st March 2023
Harry Fowle

Brewer Science is pleased to announce it has earned Zero Waste to Landfill Certification for the eighth consecutive year.

The Zero Waste to Landfill Certification represents Brewer Science’s commitment to the responsible management of end-of-life materials and demonstrates the company’s commitment to waste diversion practices.

Brewer Science is the first company in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry to achieve GreenCircle Certification – Zero Waste to Landfill. GreenCircle certifies an organisation for Zero Waste to Landfill Certification if 100% of the materials leaving the facility are intended to be diverted from landfill via one of GreenCircle’s acceptable means of diversion. Waste diversion from landfill, defined as the prevention and reduction of generated waste through source reduction, recycling, reuse, or composting, has been characterised as one of the best ways manufacturing companies can demonstrate genuine environmental responsibility.

The in-person, on-site audit of the Rolla and Vichy manufacturing locations assessed 767,588 lbs of waste, and the company’s disposal methods:

  • Converted to energy: 65%
  • Fuel blending: 18%
  • Recycling: 12%
  • Reuse: 5%

Education continues to play an important role in advocating for sustainable development across the supply chain. Brewer Science has developed a new program aimed at bridging the gap in environmental initiatives among its stakeholders.

“The Sustainability Outreach Program we are launching this year is designed to work with our partners, whether that be our employees, suppliers, customers, or other organisations in the communities in which we serve, to collaborate and align on sustainability programs and projects to have a net positive impact on the environment,” states Matthew Beard, Executive Director, Strategic Planning, Management Systems, and Sustainability at Brewer Science.

For semiconductor companies, it is essential to evaluate the materials used in manufacturing, identify any more environmentally friendly alternatives, and handle the waste responsibly. Brewer Science established its Green Chemistry Program in 2019, which is an effort to identify chemical alternatives that are proven to be more sustainable, as well as divert hazardous materials for reuse applications. Additionally, Brewer Science organises an annual community collection recycling program partnering with waste disposal companies and volunteer crews to prevent community e-waste from becoming a part of a landfill. The company shares about its sustainability programs via its blog and its ‘Going Green’ page to encourage other tech companies to adopt more sustainable practices.

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