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Clean River Helps Lockheed Martin Increase Recycling and Composting

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By: Bill Graulty - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In 2010, Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company (SSC) implemented a recycling and compost program at its facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program originated from a goal set in 2007 to reduce total waste to landfill by 25 percent by 2012, using 2007 as the baseline year. This initiative was implemented to support Lockheed Martin’s corporate philosophy that environmental stewardship is integral to the success of the company.

Through its waste reduction program, SSC recycles bottles, cans, plastic containers #1-7, paper towels, paper, wood, metals, batteries, cardboard, Styrofoam, and toner cartridges. The company also implemented an initiative to work with the Informational Technology and Procurement organizations to reduce the amount of Styrofoam packaging materials on incoming computers, printers, and other equipment.

In 2010, the SSC sites began using collection stations manufactured by Clean River Recycling Solutions to help employees identify what items should be recycled. The collection bins are constructed from plastic composed of 98% recycled content and feature custom-designed graphic posters that clearly outline what materials are to be placed in the bins. With the introduction of these bins, the waste reduction program recorded a 67% landfill diversion rate, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 4,620 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing 1,341 cars from the road for one year.

All of the nearly 7,000 SSC employees in the San Francisco Bay Area are considered active members in the waste minimization program. Each employee’s efforts to properly recycle are critical to program success and Clean River Recycling Solutions helped ensure their education with the custom-designed graphic posters on the bins. SSC also conducts audits of its garbage and recycling bins and regularly trains its custodial staff on green practices to ensure the integrity of the program.

In addition to the collection bins and other reduction efforts, the company has a Go Green website, which includes tips for reducing waste, water and energy usage at work and at home; articles on the status of “green” projects; and profiles of high-achieving “green” employees. This information is also communicated through company newsletters, videos, brochures, and an annual environmental fair to inform employees on the importance of recycling and how they can make a positive impact.

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