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Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) Case Study

The Challenge

  • Global medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical and diagnostic equipment
  • Program and contract structure under previous vendor became unsustainable, causing Becton-Dickinson (BD) to seek partnership with a new vendor experienced in resource management
  • Geographically dispersed manufacturing and distribution operations necessitated creative solutions with multiple stakeholders in order to deliver a cost-effective program
  • Goal to maximize the recycling rate and associated revenue and minimize solid waste volume and cost, with as little interruption to the plants as possible

The Solution

  • Casella took over the existing resource management program, incorporating complete transparency of management and cost-models with a team of over 13 professional staff
  • Implemented on-site labor services that increased value of materials through better sorting of recyclables and coordination with over 40 third-party vendors nationwide through Casella’s extensive network of processors and recyclers
  • Provision of centralized invoicing with consistent, monthly performance reports and “Material Disposition Dashboards” that disclose the complete details of each scrap product handled
  • Ongoing recycling education and awareness efforts for production associates and active management of third-party vendors to ensure best practices are in place

The Results

  • Created a successful and sustainable resource management system with no interruption in service to BD
  • Recycle 14 million pounds of plastic, 10 million pounds of fiber material, and 4 million pounds of metal and glass per year, and ensures the destruction of non-salable goods
  • Currently in the process of developing a closed-loop recycling program with BD for beneficial reuse of 5 million pounds of production waste polypropylene
  • Manage 13.5 million pounds of solid waste and other non-recyclable material per year through various disposal methods including waste-to-energy and waste-to-fuel solutions
  • Share a mutual, long-term commitment to continuously drive out cost and gain efficiencies through better management of logistics and maximization of opportunities within the plants


As a leading global medical technology company with complex, industrial recycling and waste streams, we were concerned about ensuring strong reuse/recycling performance, and the security of our products and brands. The initial transition to Casella was seamless and the entire Casella team very professional and knowledgeable. In the months following, Casella continued to deliver on their commitment to continuous improvement, finding creative ways to reduce cost and increase the value of our residual streams.
- John S.
Strategic Sourcing Manager