Semiconductor manufacturing generates hazardous and non-hazardous waste. We continuously look for ways to reduce manufacturing waste by improving yield, optimizing processes and minimizing the waste of scrap material.
Our manufacturing waste includes regular ongoing waste generated by wafer fabs and assembly operations, as well as one-time waste. We consider one-time waste as waste streams that are generated not as a part of normal operations but rather by unique, one-time projects.
We have waste-reduction programs in place at our sites to handle and manage hazardous and non-hazardous waste in an environmentally responsible manner.
For any waste that requires special handling, we ship it to vendors equipped with the knowledge and expertise to properly reclaim, recycle or destroy it. All of our waste handling is done according to local rules and regulations.
We audit our waste-management vendors regularly to ensure they are meeting all regulatory requirements, handling waste responsibly and managing disposal with minimal impact on the environment.
In 2021, we recycled 79% of our total waste (hazardous and non-hazardous), an increase of 7 percentage points from 2011.
In 2021, our e-scrap reclaim rate increased 28% from 2020 and 64% from 2015.