The best way to reduce waste is to eliminate it from being generated in the first place. Source reduction and efficient purchasing also saves money up front and ultimately lessens disposal costs down stream. For example, each new Warner Bros. employee is given a reusable water bottle and reusable canvas tote bag at new-hire orientation.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment led the industry by switching to 30% post-consumer recycled paper and reduced plastic in digital disc packaging. This change resulted in a 31% reduction in carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking more than 6,000 passenger vehicles off the road.
Reuse is also a key part of our waste reduction strategy. For example, our television shows continually reuse set walls, and our production offices drop off and pick up surplus office supplies.
Warner Bros. keeps an inventory of steel scaffolding for use by productions. Steel scaffolding is a strong alternative to traditional wood scaffolding because it can be reused.
Water Filtration Systems
Warner Bros. installs reverse osmosis water filtration systems in kitchen pantries in order to reduce the waste and cost of disposable plastic water bottles. Approximately 150 of these units have been installed and each produces fresh, filtered water on site and on demand. This not only eliminates plastic waste but also eliminates traffic and carbon emissions generated by regular bottled-water deliveries.
If we can’t reuse leftover materials internally, we partner with local schools or nonprofits through our material reuse program, ENCORE! Every year, we donate tons of materials ranging from furniture and electronics to clothing, lumber and food. This program has provided valuable materials to local communities where we work and film since 1995.
In 1989, the Studio created its first recycling committee, comprised of employees committed to waste reduction. Today, we recycle more materials than we landfill, including paper, cans and bottles, cardboard, construction and demolition materials, metal, organics (composting), green waste, batteries, toner cartridges, media and electronic waste.