2009 Environment Report Boeing
Hazardous Waste and Recycling

Boeing is aggressively pursuing reductions in hazardous waste across the value stream, from better coordination with our suppliers to reduce unused chemicals to replacing hazardous materials with more environmentally progressive solutions. Boeing reduced hazardous waste in 2008, and since 2002, hazardous waste has been reduced by 35.4 percent on a revenue-adjusted basis.* Our facilities in Mesa, Arizona, and Macon, Georgia, are separating solvents from used paint and ink and recycling them for safe reuse. At our Mesa facility, the solvent recycling effort has resulted in the elimination of 4,700 pounds of hazardous waste since its implementation in late 2008, and is anticipated to continue yielding additional improvement. And the solvent recycling system implemented in Macon has significantly lowered emissions and reduced hazardous waste from the paint process by approximately 78 percent. The site is expanding solvent recycling equipment to additional paint shops at the facility.

To reduce chrome usage and hazardous waste, our Mesa facility uses chrome-free paint primer on Apache helicopters in production. And our paint hangars in Everett, Seattle and Renton, Washington, have replaced the conventional chromated conversion coat with a Boeing-invented sol-gel material to eliminate chromium.

We will boost our recycling rates to 75 percent by 2012 through a number of different initiatives, including the maturing of office recycling programs to reduce cans, bottles and paper from landfills. We have already made significant progress, increasing our recycling rate from 58 percent to 64 percent in 2008 and standardizing recycling programs to increase employee awareness and usability. Specific sites have made noteworthy improvements. For example, our Winnipeg, Canada, facility is aiming to create a zero-waste-to-landfill manufacturing cell, reducing energy consumption and increasing recycling in areas such as packaging, metals and solid waste. And employees in the Renton, Washington, wings area recycle all aluminum chips left over from wing manufacturing, resulting in approximately 1,750 pounds of scrap aluminum recycled each week.

*2008 reductions in hazardous waste reflect both improved operational performance and also reduced production demands due to the IAM work stoppage in Washington, Oregon and Kansas.