Liberty Global Avoids Sending Garbage To Landfills

By Sonja Ryst, Financial Reporter

Liberty Global Inc. (LBTYA) said recently that around 62% of its total garbage went to landfills in 2011, as the cable operator found other ways to manage much of it.

The company recycled more than 2,119 metric tons of its 7,146 metric tons in total waste, according to its first annual corporate social responsibility report for the year 2011 released in recent months. It reused nearly 11.5 metric tons and put more than 506 metric tons of waste material toward other purposes such as creating energy from incineration. Composting waste amounted to 43.6 metric tons, the company said.

Liberty Global detailed some steps it has taken to reduce the amount of defective or old electronic equipment known as e-waste. When used set-top boxes and modems were deemed “beyond economic repair,” Liberty Global retrieved functioning parts such as covers and front panels. In 2011, the company retrieved and refurbished 3 million set-top boxes and modems, or 36% of its new deployed equipment. This has allowed the company to re-purpose materials that would have otherwise gone to waste, the company said.

“E-waste legislation across our market is a major driver for tackling this issue, but of equal importance are the financial opportunities presented by dealing with this waste stream responsibly,” the company said in its report, without specifying which legislation or where. Liberty Global is based in Colorado but operates primarily in Europe and Chile, according to a regulatory filing.

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