From Waste to Want

Circular Economy

When it started out in 2011, JHC Regional Environment, Health and Safety Manager Cecil Black’s project was aimed at consolidating waste vendors in Bray, Ireland. With few controls and little transparency around where waste was ending up, Black wanted greater visibility and environmental investment.

Nearly a decade later, the Bray site is zero waste to landfill, and all of its materials are being repurposed—and many sold to vendors. Like Bray, sites across Jabil are working toward more circular solutions—no small task for a global business that supports a highly diverse customer base.

Early on, Bray partnered with technology supplier EIRAVATO S.A., aiming to digitize reports data and bring waste processing transparency. But it didn’t stop there. Cecil and his team were able to apply EIRAVATO’s waste classification to assess which materials could be utilized elsewhere, and in what quality and volumes.

New partnerships have been forged via this partnership marketplace and today, 70–80 percent of the site’s waste is captured and sold as a quality material. The plastic is reground on site, reducing transport costs by maximizing container volume and saving over 70 percent of waste storage space. Ultimately, the plastic is born into new products such as grocery baskets, car parts and chairs. What remains, such as clean-room gloves, is sent to an incinerator, allowing the ash to be mixed into cement. The whole process is closely monitored and certified by block chain technology.

For more information on our waste strategy and performance, also see pages 38-39 of our Sustainability report PDF.

Sustainability Report PDF

Our Sustainability Report transparently outlines our commitments to fair and safe workplaces, improving our environmental footprint and contributing to a more sustainable world. Our FY19 Report contains important data and metrics as well as the stories about our employees and partners that bring our impact to life.