As part of Applied Medical's mission, we endeavor to make a positive difference in reducing waste by implementing "Reuse, Reduce and Recycle" measures company-wide. We understand the importance of limiting the amount of hazardous waste generated from our manufacturing processes and have implemented measures to meet this goal, even with our continued growth in device production.
From 2013 to 2018, our hazardous waste decreased by 12.5%, despite an increase in our device production of 35% during the same time period.
From 2013 to 2018, we have recycled 2,622 metric tons of waste as part of our ongoing programs and sustainability efforts.
Applied Medical has converted to form-fit packaging on many products to decrease packaging materials and box size by as much as 30%.
We continue to identify opportunities company-wide to reuse, recycle or reduce waste as an alternative to disposal. We've initiated several programs to recycle materials, including raw and used plastic, scrap metal, pens and batteries. Additionally, since 2013, our paper recycling efforts have resulted in saving more than 16,830 trees.
Applied Medical team members contribute to the company’s waste reduction efforts by using water bottle filling stations located around campus. To date, we’ve helped prevent the disposal of over 685,000 plastic water bottles by utilizing these refill stations. Reusable water bottles and coffee mugs are also available for purchase at our company store to encourage sustainability.