While the rest of the world is talking about saving polar bears and checking out its carbon footprint shoe size, Intel is going Britney and creating more than 31,265 tons of toxic waste. The year before it created 24,665 tons.
It is the highest level of toxic waste that Intel has produced in five years.
Intel wanted to reduce its waste per chip by ten percent by 2012, from 2007 levels. However the complexity of its manufacturing processes means that it has produced more.
However, Intel said that it will do better. It has taken steps to reduce two of its largest chemical waste producers. Its biggies are apparently getting rid of dissolved metallic copper and corrosive solvent.
It did this by developing a system to recover dissolved metallic copper on-site, and plans to install a second one in 2011.
Intel reduced chemical waste associated with indium, which is a thermal interface material used to absorb heat generated by its products.
Its greenhouse gas emissions were up 3.4 percent, from 2.05 to 2.12 million metric tons of CO2, but were nearly half of what they were in 2006.
Intel uses 1.5 percent more energy, ironically to make chips that are more energy efficient.
Apparently several different groups are looking at the chemical waste problem.
It does have an interest in reducing its waste. Intel said that in 2010, its waste reduction programs saved more than $5 million last year.