UPS Leads In E-Waste Management
Last week I was given an exclusive sneak peak at UPS’s latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report for 2010. Alas, last minute projects sidelined me, so I (for once)was not one of the first reporters to discuss the amazing sustainability and CSR work at UPS. The buzz surrounding UPS and last week’s release of their 2010 sustainability report has been focused on CO2, greenhouse gas emissions, and alternative fuels: all understandable considering the huge impact that logistic firms have on the environment. But tucked away on page 56 of the 2010 report, companies could learn from UPS’s work on the waste diversion front:
- Solid waste disposal declined 5 percent in 2010 from 2009 levels.
- UPS gave more flexibility to local facilities to invest in recycling programs and activities--a smart move because the creative thinking of one individual could eventually roll out world wide. Employees have to feel they can contribute ideas within their companies, and UPS listens.
- All that waste diversion efforts led to the equivalent of removing 23,503 cars from the road.
- E-waste management throughout UPS is hugely impressive, and to me, stood the tallest: UPS recycled 38,700 pounds of batteries last year, which may sound like a smidgen until you realize how full of toxins those batteries are.
- If Brown can grow accustomed to reusable bags, so can you when you make that trip to the supermarket. Since 1995 UPS has used reusable sorting bags within its global operations to the tune of 1.3 million bags. Each reusable bag prevents the use of 600 single use plastic bags, which in turn prevented over 62,000 tons of plastic from entering landfills.
- UPS recycled 25 percent of its hazardous waste last year, a huge jump from 2009.