While consuming energy and generating waste are inevitable from most of business activities, companies should minimize their environmental footprints to enhance better environment. Samsung Electronics is fully committed to minimizing any negative impacts on the communities in which it operates by implementing integrated prevention strategies across all production and service activities.
Waste Wafers Recycling
In the past, Samsung Electronics recovered and pulverized or incinerated all waste wafers generated in the semiconductor manufacturing process for security reasons. However, since a system was developed that can reuse the waste wafers as raw materials for solar power cells, more than 100 tons of waste wafers have been recycled annually.
Waste Glass Recycling
Samsung Electronics invented new recycling technology and process in which wasted LCD panel is used as subsidiary material to cement production resulting in increase of recycling rate from 0% to 85%. This wasted LCD panel treatment technology is registered in patent and secures competitive advantage in industrial waste treatment.
Improved Wrapping Materials at Overseas Plants
The LCD Division has replaced paper palettes with reusable plastics, which has significantly enhanced the efficiency of the wrapping process, saving about KRW 860 million per year in disposal costs by reducing box damage during distribution process and enabling continuous reuse.
Water Resource Management
Wastewater produced during manufacturing process is reused for gardening and toilet water after decontamination. Some of the decontaminated water is used at nearby rivers to support environment recovery and restraining dryness in the rivers.
Air & Water Pollutant Control
In line with strengthened environmental regulations, all Samsung plants are working to minimize pollutant discharge. In particular, an environmental laboratory was set up to analyze the basic pollutants generated by each plant and for organic management and improvement.