Material Reduction & Recycling

Material Reduction

Conserving resources and reducing the amount of material we use in our business processes is a focus for our teams. In 2019, we petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow our Company to replace our paper medication guides for 14 of our products with an electronic version of the document. Paper medication guides can exceed 100 pages and each includes a cardboard backing as well. With more than 200,000 medication guides required each year, the amount of paper Endo was consuming annually was significant. The FDA agreed to our petition, and thanks to this effort, we will be saving 14.8 million sheets of paper (approximately 148,000 pounds) annually along with more than 200,000 sheets of cardboard. This annual savings represents the equivalent of 1,258 trees, 28,120 gallons of oil, 222 cubic yards of landfill space, 296,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, and 518,000 gallons of water.


Recycling is an important way companies can protect the environment. We have active recycling programs underway across each of our manufacturing facilities, offices and labs. Many states within the Unites States, as well as India and Ireland, have separate and distinct recycling requirements, with which we comply. We have also instituted an internal global recycling program, where team members are encouraged to identify ways in which they can improve recycling efforts within their own sites. In 2019, we increased the amount of materials we recycle by 27%, from 158 tons to 201 tons.