Waste Management

We implement a comprehensive total waste reduction strategy that focuses on minimizing the amount of waste our facilities generate and ensuring that the waste generated at our facilities is properly handled according to local, state and national regulations. To do this, we consider packaging from our supply chain, reuse and repurposing of materials, and focused employee engagement to promote waste stewardship.

In 2022, we updated our Go Green waste goal to reflect the ways in which COVID-19 changed the nature of our business. A larger proportion of employees are now remote, and this impacts our facility occupancy and related waste metrics. Our 2022 goal for waste was to reduce waste per occupant by 6% based on a 4-year growth scenario. To measure our progress on this goal, we projected company growth and resulting waste generation until 2025 in a business-as-usual scenario and compared it to our waste generation after implementing waste-reduction initiatives.

Our efforts reduce waste sent to the landfill and for incineration. Waste streams contributing to the goal include hazardous and non-hazardous waste, universal waste and other waste streams, such as office furniture. In 2022, we achieved a 7% reduction of waste per occupant over a 4-year projected growth scenario.

Waste management and disposal activities are governed by our Waste Disposal and Recycling internal corporate procedure. Performance is reported to our Vice President, Environment, Safety, Health and Sustainability, on a quarterly basis and to the Board of Directors twice per year. A corporate-wide waste-reduction working group meets monthly to collaborate on waste-reduction efforts and share related best practices. In 2022, the waste-reduction working group held a two-day summit to update Lockheed Martin’s waste-reduction strategy and began efforts to set a long-term waste-reduction goal. Results of the summit highlighted the importance of source reduction and recycling in our future waste strategy.

Total Waste Recycled
Total Waste to Landfill
Additional methods including incineration (with energy recovery), incineration (without energy recovery) and other disposal methods

Hazardous Waste

Lockheed Martin has a robust process for the management and disposal of hazardous waste generated by our operations. Our Waste Disposal and Recycling internal corporate procedure describes the minimum requirements for hazardous waste generation, storage, transportation and disposal, and is applicable to all Lockheed Martin operations. This procedure is implemented to protect the environment, ensure regulatory compliance and minimize risk. All Lockheed Martin operations are required to use hazardous waste transporters and disposal facilities that have undergone rigorous assessments and received approval by the Environment, Safety, Health and Sustainability team. These assessments look at factors such as hazardous waste disposal facility operations, design and environmental controls, permitting and regulatory compliance, management systems, financial and insurance data, and transportation and safety metrics. Approved hazardous waste transporters and disposal facilities are reassessed on a regular basis.

2022 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for Hazardous Waste Source Reduction

An example of how Lockheed Martin is actively implementing source reduction of hazardous waste can be found in our C-130 program. In 2022, Lockheed Martin’s C-130 program received the Secretary of Defense’s Environmental Excellence in Weapon Systems Acquisition Award. The C-130 team worked to identify and minimize hazardous chemical usage throughout the manufacturing process. The team aimed to eliminate or reduce several classes of high-risk hazardous materials that were common in manufacturing processes. They were successfully able to reduce volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants, and significantly reduced the use of hexavalent chromium. When fully implemented, this reduction in hexavalent chromium will decrease the amount of hazardous waste produced by 13,500 lbs per year. The team has implemented several initiatives to eliminate these materials, as well as communicated and shared these results and lessons learned with other Department of Defense and industry peers so they too can benefit from the knowledge and help reduce hazardous waste across the industry.

Employee E-waste Events

As a company with more than 100,000 employees, Lockheed Martin recognizes that we can influence the diversion of electronic waste (e-waste) from the municipal waste stream in locations where our employees work and live. E-waste contains hazardous substances and some electronics contain toxic heavy metals above hazardous waste regulatory thresholds. Consequently, we sponsored employee e-waste collection events at five of our facilities in 2022, providing an opportunity for over 18,000 employees to responsibly manage their end-of-use personal electronics. More than 17,000 pounds of e-waste was collected during these events and managed by certified electronics recyclers.