Waste Management

Despite all efforts to use resources efficiently and minimize waste generation, Infineon still produces waste that cannot be avoided and therefore, our subsequent objective is to ensure that the remaining waste is properly and efficiently disposed.

Nowadays, there are several methods, technically and economically feasible, of treating waste before its final disposal. In this regard, Infineon prefers the recovery methods prior to direct disposal at landfills. Among the different recovery methods, recycling is the ecologically most effective one as this option also benefit the overall CO2 emission that are released during disposal phase.

For this reason, waste is collected separately wherever possible at the point where it is produced. Some materials such as the solvent cyclopentanone are recycled, either internally or externally, whenever economically and ecologically feasible, and can therefore be re-used in the production process

Successful business cases

During the 2015 fiscal year, a new waste collection center went into operation at the Villach (Austria) site with the aim of improving waste logistics. The center covers a total area of 1,600 square meters. Furthermore, from the beginning of the new fiscal year, the Villach site plans to discontinue recycling its dimethylformamide (DMF) solvent itself and have the work performed by an external specialist with further technical capabilities. The change will on the one hand improve the quality of the recycled DMF and on the other hand significantly increase the recycling rate.