Companies and consumers alike have begun to take a closer look at the life cycle of products. At FedEx, we’ve found opportunities to extend the useful life of a number of materials we use at our business through recycling programs.
Our work with Evirosmart and the Keystone Science School has allowed us to not only reduce waste but to educate young people about the benefits of environmental conservation. At numerous office settings throughout our network, FedEx collects used printer cartridges from work and home. The used materials are sent to Envirosmart, which resells useful components and materials and gives the proceeds back to FedEx. FedEx in turn has committed to invest the income into the Keystone Science School, which runs environmental education classes for children and adults at its center in Keystone, Col.

FedEx also has extensive recycling programs in place at our operating companies. These efforts help divert millions of pounds from landfills.

  • The office recycling program at FedEx Corporation, FedEx Services and FedEx Express locations in Memphis, Tenn., has collected more than 5.3 million pounds of paper, cardboard, plastic and metal for recycling.
  • FedEx Ground’s Ground Green program has recycled 44.8 million pounds of paper, cardboard, metal and plastic since FY2007. The Dallas, Texas corporate headquarters of FedEx Office has recycled more than 100 tons of materials since January 2007.
  • In 2009, FedEx recycled a total of 43.9 million pounds of waste materials, in 2008, 17.6 million pounds.
  • FedEx Express and FedEx Office recycled more than 2.12 million pounds of e-waste in 2009.
  • FedEx Freight has recycled over 1 million pounds combined of paper, plastic, cardboard, mixed product, light bulbs, and metal and over 2,000 GMA pallets in CY 2009.
Additional recycling programs collect the following materials:
  • batteries
  • fluorescent light bulbs
  • electronic equipment
  • glass
  • inkjet and toner printer cartridges
  • metals
  • paper and cardboard packaging
  • plastics
  • tires
  • waste oil