The more efficient we are in using materials to make our products, the less waste we produce, the fewer resources we consume and the more money we save. That is why we first work toward absolute material utilization throughout our manufacturing processes followed by eliminating, minimizing, reusing and recycling the waste materials we do produce.
We employ waste mapping to track waste streams back to their sources in our facilities worldwide. Using lean manufacturing methodologies, each facility eliminates or minimizes the identified wastes one source at a time, typically starting with the highest-volume or highest-cost waste stream identified through the mapping process. We explore reuse and recycling options for wastes that remain.
In 2016, we formed a Resource Management Subcommittee to our Sustainability Committee to move beyond manufacturing to other areas in the company, such as product formulation and raw materials management, where waste can be eliminated or minimized.
In measuring our performance, we have shifted our focus from waste sent to landfill to total waste disposal, which includes landfilled, incinerated and treated waste. Our goal, set in early 2016, is a 10 percent reduction in our total waste disposal intensity by 2020 from a 2012 baseline.
In 2016, our total waste disposal intensity declined 8 percent from 2015 and 11 percent from 2012. Excluding our flat glass and European fiber glass businesses, which we sold in 2016, we had an 11 percent decline in intensity compared to prior year and 17 percent from 2012.
Our achievement of the waste goal four years ahead of the target was due, in part, to the sale of the two businesses. We will reevaluate the goal in 2017 against our current operations.