Al Falk, Manager of Global Reclamation for ON Semiconductor,feels that waste recovery is important because “primarily it is theright thing to do.” The inspiration for this program was theprotection of our intellectual property, says Falk. “People come upwith ideas to make parts for things like cell phones, car accessories and cameras for your vehicle.”
ON Semiconductor comes up with energy efficient innovations that help empower customers to reduce their energy use. The company also positively impacts the community in many other ways—supporting programs around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), education, human services, health and disaster relief efforts through grants to nonprofits and schools. ON Semiconductor also supports the efforts of their employees by doubling the impact of employee donations by matching contributions, organizing impact activities and encouraging volunteerism. The support they provide in the communities they operate in globally and the many opportunities they provide employees demonstrates that philanthropy is a part of the company’s DNA.
Materials for ON Semiconductor products come from all over the world—here in the United States, Asia, Europe and some materials come from multiple sources. Falk says that some of the products are gold, silver, copper and precious metals.
The most surprising use of a recovered material for Falk was making electricity out of plastic! They used to sell plastic to other companies until three years ago. ON Semiconductor is currently working with a group in California that turns plastic into electricity. Falk says plastic is the most challenging item to repurpose.
The company is beginning to work and partner with some former ASU students that started the business “Resinate” that makes flower pots and handles for rock climbers out of repurposed plastic. They also work with Treasures 4 Teachers, donating plastic for teachers to use.
Falk says, other ways ON Semiconductor helps with reducing waste and doing good for the community are reducing water and electric usage and looking for new ways to recycle all the time. Plans for the future include:
• Continue to look for new ways to recycle
• Help the community
• Protect the environment
• Continue to improve all of our processes
“It is important to protect our environment,” says Falk. He encourages kids to recycle at home if your city does not recycle. Also, plant a tree because trees absorb CO2, and we exhale CO2. Support and get involved in recycling efforts. Use public transportation.
“I hope and believe that your generation will take all of this in and develop all the new technology to recycle things more efficiently than we do today,” Falk explains.
Adviser: Karen Golden