Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

Waste Reduction

Working smarter, wasting less

Being mindful of waste today helps ensure that we’ll have the resources we need in the years to come. Our employees are recycling everything from water bottles to e-waste and discovering ways to use materials more efficiently.

More recycling, less landfilling

Three of our major locations in California employ a mixed recycling program, which enables employees to dispose of recyclables in a single container rather than separate bins for glass, aluminum, paper and plastic. That simplification has enabled us to substantially increase our recycling rate. In 2012, our per capita landfill disposal rate was 0.15 pounds per person—a 99 percent reduction from our 2011 rate and far below the average of 6.07 pounds per person for a San Diego business.

We’re recycling beyond our offices as well. During construction projects on our campuses, we recycle as much debris as possible. One example: In the process of adding cool roofs to two of our San Diego buildings, we diverted 80 tons of gravel from local landfills to be used for road construction. Overall, our 2012 building projects surpassed San Diego County requirements for recycling construction debris.

Total Weight of Waste and Disposal Methods (tons)*
Total Weight of Waste and Disposal Methods (tons)

*Amounts represent data for our major California facilities only, which make up roughly 51.4 percent of our global square footage.

Properly disposing of hazardous waste

We currently track hazardous waste generation at our facilities in San Diego, San Jose and Santa Clara, California, which account for nearly 52 percent of our global square footage. At those facilities, we produce a variety of waste classified as hazardous under local, state or federal regulations. Paint, lacquer, inorganic solids, flammable liquids, diesel fuel and the ethylene glycol we use in our air-conditioning chillers are examples of the kinds of hazardous wastes we produce. Whenever we produce such waste, we take measures to dispose of it in accordance with local and national regulations, and we recycle it whenever possible.

In 2012, our levels of hazardous waste returned to normal levels after a steep increase in 2011 that was caused by the decommissioning of an air-conditioning chiller at our San Diego headquarters.

We are pleased to report that 100 percent of the hazardous waste we disposed of in 2012 was recycled.
Hazardous Waste*
Hazardous Waste

*Amounts represent data for our major California facilities only, which make up roughly 51.4 percent of our global square footage.

Fiscal Year 2012 Hazardous Waste Final Disposition*
Hazardous Waste Final Disposition

*Amounts represent data for our major California facilities only, which make up roughly 51.4 percent of our global square footage.

Pitching in to reduce e-waste

In addition to Company-generated e-waste recycled through our waste disposal program, we collected personal e-waste from employees through monthly interoffice collection efforts and through quarterly e-waste recycling events. Such events encourage employees to drop off personal electronics for reuse or recycling.

e-Waste Collection (1,000 pounds)*
e-Waste Collection (1,000 pounds)

*Amounts represent prior-year calendar year data for our United States’ facilities only