PRIDE & Renesas Electronics America (formerly NEC Electronics America) Waste Reduction Solutions
Case Study: Waste Reduction Solutions
Renesas Electronics, the world’s largest supplier of microcontrollers, is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, and analog and power devices. In April 2010, NEC Electronics America Inc. and Renesas Technology Corp. joined businesses and launched Renesas Electronics America. For over a decade, PRIDE Industries’ Integrated Facilities Services division has partnered with NEC Electronics America (now Renesas Electronics America) providing custodial, cleanroom, recycling and light maintenance services to the company at their 700,000-square-ft. campus in Roseville, California. PRIDE helps the company maintain a focus on environmentally friendly recycling and waste-reduction efforts.
Reduce or eliminate costly municipal solid waste and divert wastes from landfills, while generating recycling revenue and reducing costs to the company.
- PRIDE helped Renesas Electronics America establish a Waste Reduction, Prevention and Recycling Program tailored to the company’s needs. PRIDE Industries’ project manager assists in identifying recyclable material; evaluating and selecting appropriate third-party recyclers and material end users, and helps coordinate the diversion of the materials to the appropriate parties.
- PRIDE and Renesas Electronics America worked together to improve recycling and waste reduction efforts benefiting both the bottom line, and the environment.
- Tracking records are maintained for quantifiable metrics and results.
- The company began submitting waste-reduction data to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on an annual basis in 1994.
- Supported by PRIDE’s recycling and waste-reduction programs, NEC Electronics America (now Renesas Electronics America) has won seven Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WasteWise awards including five Partner of the Year awards, one Program Champion and one Honorable Mention.
- In 2008 alone, PRIDE helped NEC Electronics America successfully divert more than 1.03 million pounds of solid waste from landfills – or 82 percent of its total solid waste materials; providing a cost savings of nearly $100,000 in disposal fees.
- In addition to these savings, NEC Electronics America generated over $400,000 in revenue through various recycling activities and shipped 348,160 pounds of calcium fluoride, a by-product of the semiconductor manufacturing process, to a cement manufacturer to be used as raw material. Furthermore, NEC Electronics America (now Renesas Electronics America) has continued to use reconditioned test wafers; re-use plastic wafer boxes and packaging foam; and sold scrap silicon wafers to the solar industry.
As a result, NEC Electronics America was recognized as one of only 2 EPA Waste Wise Hall of Fame Inductees in 2010, the highest honor awarded to WasteWise Partners, and is the only semiconductor manufacturer to receive this honor. Thousands of companies across the United States voluntarily submit data annually to compete for this honor. NEC Electronics America’s (now Renesas Electronics America) success story can be found on the EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/wastewise/index.htm.