The company's lubricant operations is diverting over 90 percent of the waste produced in its global plant network from local landfills. More than 50,000 tons of waste produced per year are being redeployed into new, productive uses, that will bring greater value to the environment and the economy. This achievement demonstrates the company's commitment to reducing environmental impacts and enables commercial and retail consumers more sustainable choices through Mobil-branded lubricants.
"Reducing environmental impact is an important focus for ExxonMobil and a core part of our commitment to operating responsibly everywhere we do business," said Terry Neal, global lubricant Operations Manager at ExxonMobil. "Achieving UL's Zero Waste to Landfill at the silver level is an accomplishment toward our goal to 'Protect Tomorrow Today' and further demonstrates our commitment to bring all consumers high-quality solutions to meet their business objectives."
ExxonMobil began developing this waste management program in 2012 and by 2015, had implemented it across the globe. Examples of these programs include implementing a device to safely drain aerosol cans in an environmentally conscious manner, allowing the metal and liquid to be recycled in Port Allen, Louisiana and in Serviburnu, Turkey, implementing a simple distillation process to recover laboratory solvent.
UL's waste diversion validation program monitors and measures material flows in and out of facilities. It provides an objective basis for quantifying waste diversion rates so that consumers can more accurately assess claims and make meaningful comparisons between waste diversion rates among competing organizations.
ExxonMobil engaged UL in a rigorous, multi-year process, which included readiness assessments, pilot programs, and extensive examination of documentation and on-site practices for final validation. From operations, research and engineering to marketing and sales, each team played an integral role in achieving the validation.