Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that its Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence (PAI CoE), within its Aerospace Systems sector, received the Silver level Zero Waste certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC). This award is significant in that the site is the first aerospace production and manufacturing facility in the U.S. to receive this honor.
This achievement signifies that the Palmdale facility has successfully diverted over 90 percent of its waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. The Zero Waste program has a goal to maximize the recycling of all discarded materials for reuse purposes. This achievement supports Northrop Grumman's 2020 environmental sustainability goals, specifically the company's commitment to achieve a solid waste diversion rate of 70 percent by year-end 2020.
"Measuring up to the highest standards and going through one of the toughest certification programs in the country can be challenging, but Northrop Grumman rose to the occasion," said Stephanie Barger, founder and executive director of USZWBC. "We see this as a leap forward for Zero Waste, as we're looking for businesses to lead the way, especially as influencers in the government and haulers. Northrop Grumman is one of those influencers and we look forward to their continual progress toward even higher Zero Waste standards in the future."