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Article | March 31, 2000
Texas Instruments saves $8 million going 'green'
Through a combination of source reduction, recycling and converting to reusable containers, Texas Instruments has saved $8 million/year in its transport packaging.
So reported Tim Mikus environmental specialist for the Dallas-based semiconductor manufacturer at the Take it Back Pacific Rim Conference held in Los Angeles last month. The conference was produced byRaymond Communications (College Park MD) publisher of State Recycling Laws Update.
According to Mikus 33 specific changes in 24 types of material contributed to the total savings. Among them: eliminating expanded polystyrene foam peanuts due to recyclability issues especially outside the U.S.; standardizing on shipping containers of polyvinyl chloride to make the containers recyclable; converting to reusable thermoset plastic trays for integrated circuit boards; and using a closed-loop returnable corrugated box system for its retail and wholesale customers.
Other manufacturers including Sony and Hewlett-Packard made presentations on their recycling efforts. A collection of the packaging-related subjects is available for $250.
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