Reducing the amount of waste to landfill and increasing responsible waste


Diverting waste from landfills is a foundational piece of our environmental stewardship commitment, driving us toward more efficient and responsible production, and minimizing our footprint in our communities and around the globe.

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Our Approach

Our Growing Green strategy to reduce our environmental footprint, even as we grow, remains as important to the collective fabric of our company as it was when we began our journey toward a more sustainable future. Our management approach utilizes goals, governance mechanisms and partnerships.

Goal Setting

Southwire’s environmental practices include proactively managing operational waste. In 2007, we set an aggressive goal to send zero waste to landfill by the end of 2017. To achieve this goal, we actively identify our different waste streams, segregating valuable recyclable materials and making simple changes where possible.

Southwire revised the goal in 2016 to reflect our intention to maintain zero landfill at existing locations and work to attain zero landfill at new locations and facilities acquired in 2016 and beyond. We will begin reporting our progress toward our new goals in our 2017 Sustainability Report.


Achieve top decile DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Index) performance in operational eco-efficiency in the Electrical Components & Equipment sector.
  • Achieve zero operational waste to landfill status at all locations by year-end 2017 and maintain status with growth through 2021.

Waste Minimization Teams

Our environmental team manages all data related to our waste streams, while our plants and division leaders are responsible for developing new strategies to minimize waste. Plants use teams, such as a Growing Green team, a Zero Landfill team, Environmental team or an OPS team, to actively look for opportunities to reduce waste at their facilities.


Southwire’s national waste management partner helps us to better assess risks associated with waste management and suggests alternate routes for waste streams. This arrangement helps us operate more efficiently: rather than each plant managing the cost of waste, we now run our costs through a central data system. Finally, our partner helps us more accurately track monthly waste generation at our Southwire operating facilities. They provide data and progress updates for all our sites, as well as weekly feedback on any specific issues that arise.

Within our extended value chain, we evaluate packaging entering our facilities and work with suppliers to minimize those materials. Among our own products, we reduce packaging and other waste material as well. For example, our SIMpull Solutions® require zero spools, rags or added lubricant, eliminating waste at customer job sites. Additionally, we have instituted take-back programs that give credit for returned material.

Our Performance

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Total Waste Generated (tons)

Waste Type Hazardous Non-Hazardous Total
Recovery 115.6 12,767.1 12,882.7
Incineration 23.5 0 23.5
Recycle 0 11,175.3 11,175.3
Landfill 8.7 1,182.4** 1,191.1
Treatment 174.0 8,849.8 9,023.8
Other Method 1.8 417.8 419.6
Total 323.6 34,392.4 34,716
**Includes waste from soil remediation and construction debris.
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Metric 2013 2014 2015 2016
Recyclable Reels Returned*** 49,710 40,711 40,481 38,833
***Includes units recycled through our reel supply partner.

Waste to Landfill % Reduction from Baseline



Facilities Achieving Zero Waste To Landfill