Waste Generated

In 2008, Whirlpool Corporation’s manufacturing facilities worldwide produced 385,086 metric tonnes of waste.  Of this, nearly 90 percent was recycled. Total waste produced by the company’s manufacturing operations increased in 2006 due to the acquisition of Maytag Corporation.

Total Waste Generated (hazardous and non-hazardous wastes and general refuse)


Overall waste generated per unit decreased by nearly 4 percent between 2004 and 2008.

Total Waste Generated / Major Appliance* (hazardous and non-hazardous wastes and general refuse)

We continually look for ways to reduce the waste created through the production of our appliances.  Following is just one example of our efforts:

Environmental improvement program in Amiens, France

Our washing machine manufacturing facility in Amiens, France, has been carrying out an environmental improvement program since 1999, which has reduced water consumption by 60 percent, waste by 50 percent and energy use by more than 30 percent. It also has achieved significant improvements in the quality of discharged waste water and overall reduction in the amount of chemicals used.

*Total Waste Generated/Major Appliance is based on the amount of waste generated by all our manufacturing facilities divided by the number of major appliances manufactured by Whirlpool Corporation. The unit of production factor does not include any minor appliances or components produced by Whirlpool, or any licensed appliances not produced by Whirlpool Corporation.