Reducing Waste

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Through partnerships with our waste and resource recovery suppliers, we have successfully identified several non-landfill options for our waste streams.

We reduced waste sent to landfills by 36% from 2010-2013, with an annual reduction of 5% from 2012-2013.  Our comprehensive approach to waste reduction made this possible. It includes wide-ranging recycling and reclamation programs, waste-to-energy projects and cafeteria composting programs. 

Based on an evaluation of the waste management practices at our 20 largest sites and our sites that are large quantity generators of hazardous waste, Lockheed Martin does not ship waste internationally from these sites.

Waste disposal method breakdown

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Examples of waste reduction projects include:

  • To reduce our environmental impact, implement sustainable solutions and reduce costs associated with disposal, our Camden, Ark., team evaluated alternatives to traditional waste disposal methods.  As a result we have diverted more than 2.75 tons of hazardous waste generated from missile coating application, line flushing and other tasks.
  • Our Fort Worth, Texas, site collects and recycles polyurethane foam used in our F-35 program.   We have recycled 2,200 pounds of polyurethane and polyethylene foam and received a Pollution Prevention award from the City of Fort Worth in part for the project.
  • Our facilities in Manassas, Va., and Moorestown, N.J., have comprehensive solid waste management programs including extensive recycling of facility and construction and demolition solid waste and composting of kitchen waste. We send facility solid waste to a sorting facility where it ultimately is converted to energy.
  • Our Sunnyvale, Calif., site recycles 60%-70% of waste.  The comprehensive recycling program includes the recycling of wood, general construction debris, metals, e-waste, cardboard, paper, paper towels, plastic foam, cans and bottles.  The site also has a composting program for cafeteria waste.
  • Our Ampthill, U.K., site’s “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees” campaign alerted employees to the amount of unnecessary printing being done across the site and gave tips for reducing excess paper waste.  The site reduced the amount of paper disposed of by nearly 45 tons in one year.