MedImmune announced today it received a Montgomery County 2010 Business Outstanding Achievement in Recycling Award from the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services. The award is given to businesses for their outstanding efforts in implementing or improving their recycling, waste reduction or buying recycled programs.
Within the past year, MedImmune's facility exceeded the county benchmark for recycling by recycling 51 percent of its required waste, a 13 percent increase from 2008. In addition, the overall (voluntary plus mandatory) recycling rate more than doubled, soaring from 42 percent in 2008 to 87 percent in 2009.
"This award marks a milestone for our recycling and green programs. It is a testament to our green team members and facility staff who went above and beyond what was required to further reduce our environmental impact and earn this well deserved award," stated Gene McMurray, director of Facilities for MedImmune's Gaithersburg headquarters.
MedImmune jumpstarted their existing recycling program in 2008 when they formed a site Green Team. The team was charged with identifying and executing new initiatives that would further reduce waste, increase recycling and reuse materials when possible. The cross-functional Green Team consists of members from departments ranging from Information Technology to Research and Development to Finance and Engineering.
A key element in MedImmune's recycling success comes from the expansion of recycling to the laboratory areas in 2009. MedImmune's lab operations management team worked closely with the facilities department and the company's waste management vendor to find efficient and economical ways to recycle plastic grades 5 through 7. Prior to 2009, only plastic grades 1-4 could be recycled due to limited capacity, leaving nearly half of the lab plastics unrecyclable.
In addition to the laboratories, green construction initiatives in both expansion and renovation projects helped further the company's commitment to sustainable business practices.
Recycling provisions were incorporated into construction contract bids, a recycling education program for sub-contractors was created and recycling documentation was collected from the construction companies to ensure compliance. The construction teams also found creative ways to reuse expensive materials, which conserved energy, and reduced costs overall. In addition, MedImmune's newest building project will also be among the first LEED-certified laboratories in the county.
"This is yet another milestone in our continuing drive to be a corporate leader in green initiatives," said Toni Stiefel, director of Corporate Responsibility & Community Affairs. "Sustainability is an increasingly important element of responsible business practice for MedImmune worldwide."
MedImmune, the worldwide biologics business for AstraZeneca PLC (LSE: AZN.L, NYSE: AZN), has approximately 3,300 employees worldwide and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland. With an advancing pipeline of promising drug candidates, MedImmune strives to deliver life-changing products, a rewarding career to our employees and a tireless commitment to improving patient health. For more information, visit MedImmune's website at www.medimmune.com.