1. Environment
  2. Waste

Reducing the environmental impact of our waste stream is a high priority for Jabil. We strive to reuse or recycle as much waste as possible and to minimize landfilling and incineration.

Jabil is focused on promoting a circular economy, particularly as it relates to product packaging.

 

To reduce our total waste impact, plastic and cardboard scrap from our factories is sold to recyclers rather than going to a landfill. We manage potentially hazardous or flammable manufacturing waste by complying with all global regulations regarding its proper processing and by ensuring appropriate handling and disposal.

In Fiscal 2017, we increased our recycling waste by 23 percent from the prior year. Through this improvement—along with advancements in environmentally friendly packaging and reductions in avoidable manufacturing waste—we were able to decrease our landfill waste in Fiscal 2017 by 17 percent from the prior year and by 37 percent from Fiscal 2015.

Estimated Total Waste by Type* (metric tons)

(fiscal years) 2015** 2016 2017
eScrap/eWaste 2,398 2,327 2,662
Hazardous waste 3,270 20,090*** 16,117
Incinerated/Destroyed waste 1,234 857 849
Landfill waste 20,996 15,822 13,192
Recycled waste**** 27,170 25,770 31,609
Other waste 1,868 998 987
Total 56,936 65,864 65,416

* Estimated, based on site self-reporting (not 3P verified)
** Due to data corrections after report publication, some figures may differ from those reported last year.
*** The increase in hazardous waste from Fiscal 2015 to Fiscal 2016 was due to growing production in Chengdu, our largest site.
**** Noted in bold to highlight the positive trend of increased recycling levels over time, despite the fact that this also contributes to the overall total waste figure.

Jabil is working to better understand how it can integrate Circular Economy principles into its own operations, as well as support customers with Circular Economy solutions.


Sustainable Packaging

Jabil’s customers are being driven by increasing pressure from consumers to engineer novel strategies and materials for environmentally friendly packaging. We are staying ahead of that need by providing our customers with packaging solutions that will leverage circular economy principles while reducing costs and improving speed-to-market.

On our production floor, we seek to use sustainable secondary packaging (pallets and bins) whenever possible. We have design tools and capabilities for strategic light weighting, allowing for packages to be molded using the least amount of plastic. We are also engineering new solutions that incorporate the use of recyclable source materials. By redesigning our packaging to be lighter and more recyclable, we have been able to cut millions of dollars in costs, provide better solutions for our customers (and, in turn, their customers), and reduce our impact on the environment.