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 industrial 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.
We have lost some of the gains we made in the past few years as the recycling landscape has changed. Some vendors have stopped accepting certain waste streams, while others either don't support a given type of waste or lack sufficient demand to accept it. We continue to search for alternative recycling vendors to increase our recycling opportunities.