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Minimizing Waste to Preserve Our Natural Resources

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To reduce waste, Promega locations globally focus on avoiding single-use and difficult to recycle materials, enhancing recycling programs and increasing employee awareness of what is recyclable. Employees embrace the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and have championed this effort. In the last year, gross waste and recycling increased due to additional manufacturing, yet a higher percentage of waste is recycled and diverted from the landfill.

Some highlights include:

  • Recycling nitrile glove and protective garments – 5.4 tons of waste diverted from landfills.
  • Recycling plastic film, banding and bottles – 20 tons of challenging materials recycled
  • Eliminating single-use plastic for with reusable materials at the Promega campus in Wisconsin as well as offices in California, Switzerland, France, Germany and the UK.

Promega AG in Switzerland upcycled banners from tradeshows into wallets and mask pouches. The recycling partner also provides employment opportunities for disadvantaged people.


The Sustainability in ACTion team held trash pickups and food waste lunch and learns in 2020.

Managing Hazardous and Infectious Wastes

In the biotech industry, manufacturing processes can require use of potentially hazardous substances, creating an obligation to minimize waste and ensure its proper disposal. Promega works with certified providers to reuse and recycle waste safely.