Waste and Recycling Management

At Ingersoll Rand, we are deeply committed to environmental stewardship, natural resources conservation and environmental compliance. Executing on these business priorities, we strive to use best practices in waste management, source reduction and recycling at all of our manufacturing facilities and at our office locations globally.

We engage and empower our employees to identify opportunities for process improvement and drive the needed changes. Generating less waste not only contributes to environmental sustainability, but improves operating margins and enhances the life cycle cost profile of our products. We are committed to reducing the amount of waste produced at all Ingersoll Rand facilities around the world.

2015 2014 2013
Total Non-Hazardous Waste Generated 31,001 32,826 33,238
Non-Hazardous Waste to Landfill 6,558 7,215 6,895
Non-Hazardous Waste Recycled 22,613 22,043 22,345
Hazardous Waste Generated 1,226 1,469 1,488
Total Hazardous Waste Transported 1,103 1,351 1,389
Non-Hazardous Non-Landfill Waste 1,830 1,570 3,999

We execute on this commitment in four ways. The first is to prevent the generation of waste by reducing the amount and toxicity of materials used in packaging, manufacturing and handling of our products throughout their life cycles. Second, we work to extend the life of our products and reuse items when possible. Third, we identify and deploy methods for recycling our various waste streams. And fourth, we maximize our conversion of waste to energy as an alternative to disposal.

Since 2013, we have achieved a 4.9 percent absolute reduction in non-hazardous waste sent to landfill at our facilities around the world. In 2015, the amount of non-hazardous waste recycled, reused or sent for energy recovery exceeded three times the amount sent to landfill. We reduced the amount of hazardous waste generated by 16.5 percent since 2014 and a 17.6 percent reduction when compared to 2013.

Our 2015 waste reductions were due, in part, to activities such as Green Team projects to increase recycling efforts and internal process improvements and supply chain collaboration to reduce total non-hazardous waste generated. The company recorded no spills in 2015.