Recycling and Reuse

To reduce its footprint associated with materials use, Boston Scientific has adopted a variety of recycling, composting and reuse programs to minimize disposal, and directs used materials to outlets with the greatest environmental benefit.

Boston Scientific tracks and reports global Recycling Index (RI) and Landfill Avoidance (LFA) metrics to measure and improve recycling and reuse of solid waste, and to leverage best practices between facilities.  Consistent with our Global EH&S Policy, we work to reduce the amount of solid waste generated, and then work to increase the percentage of waste recycled and reused.  Some of the materials we recycle or reuse include paper, cardboard, wood, metal, plastics, used electronics, used office furniture, and waste food. For 2015, Boston Scientific's RI was 78% and the LFA was 92%.

Some of the programs responsible for these results are summarized below:

  • To improve its overall recycling performance, the BSC Marlborough, Massachusetts formed a “I Recycle and Compost” team to reinvigorate mixed stream recycling and launch a new compost program.  Their efforts resulted in almost doubling the amount of material recycled, with a campus RI of 63% for 2015.
  • In 2015, eight Boston Scientific facilities were operated as "zero landfill" sites for their solid wastes. These results have been achieved through the adoption of broad-scale recycling programs, food and waste composting, and the use of waste-to-energy facilities.
  • To reuse and recondition as much used IT equipment as feasible, BSC has contracted with a company certified to ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001, and R2 (Responsible Recycling) and RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standards) requirements to recover this equipment and direct it to highest  value.   In 2015, BSC was able to recover or recycle approximately 8,000 pieces of used electronic equipment (over 140,000 pounds), with the vendor reporting complete landfill avoidance for the materials received.