Caring for the Environment

2015 Goals

  • Implement global environmental sustainability reporting for all facilities
  • Through documented water conservation projects, reduce use of water by 20% (from 2005 levels)

2017 Goal

  • Reduce annual water consumption by 30% (from 2005 levels)


Mercury Marine continues to drive process-water conservation through usage reduction across its business. Water conservation practices being explored include closed-loop wastewater systems and process-water reuse. Mercury Marine will continue to expand its present efforts to recycle waste materials from its facilities.


  • Drive process-water conservation through usage reduction and process-water reuse
  • Develop innovative implementation strategies to reduce water use
  • Continue to track and report on progress to goals
  • Implement an improvement project to significantly reduce water usage in the Product Development Test Center
  • Further improve annual recycling performance reports by each global facility through the Company Sustainability Report
  • Implement a process to treat oily wastewater generated from parts washers and off-specification machine coolants resulting in the reduction of the wastewater shipped off-site for treatment and disposal
  • Strengthen and expand recycling programs at all facilities for metals, paper, plastic, cardboard, packaging materials, engine oil filters and absorbents where practical
  • In 2012, Mercury Marine took decisive actions to reduce its production of specific wastes, which also resulted in fewer materials available for recycle. Accordingly, in 2012 Mercury recycled 272 tons (down from 317 tons in 2011) of mixed paper, corrugated containers, plastic shrink wrap, drinking bottles, aluminum cans and printer toner cartridges. Also recycled were 633 tons of baled cardboard, as well as 235 tons of wood pallets that were reconditioned for re-use, compared to 441 tons and 170 tons in 2011, respectively.
  • Mercury produces remanufactured engines that are sold to our dealer network. All manufacturing scrap materials that can be re-used are either melted down in our foundry or sent to a recycling center for processing.
Paint System Improvements
  • At its assembly plant in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Mercury's paint team realized 334 CCF (hundreds of cubic feet) in water savings through the elimination of a washer and the associated spray pumps, saving more than 250,000 gallons of water annually.
  • The conversion from wet to powder coat paint reduced by more than 50% both VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions and hazardous flush solvent waste generation (more than 20 tons of flush solvent) in 2012 compared to 2010 when wet paint line production operations were still in place. Since the start of the powder paint operations, 5.7 tons of spent powder paint have been recycled.
Powder Paint
Savings in energy and water were realized when Mercury replaced a wet-paint system with a powder paint system.
Trimmed Material
A specialized machine trims excess plastic from parts and accessories containers and collects the trimmed material for recycling.
Reclamation of Oily Waste

In 2012, Mercury Marine reclaimed more than 12 tons of oil-absorbent materials and engine oil filters.

Hazardous Waste

Over the past eight years, Mercury Marine has reduced hazardous waste generation at its facilities by 46%. (In 2011 and 2012, an increase in hazardous waste occurred due to the decommissioning of a major manufacturing facility.)

Electronic Waste Recycling

The Mercury Marine IT department recycled 32,300 pounds of company e-waste in 2012. The company also sponsored two e-waste collection events for employees in 2012 that netted approximately 36,656 pounds of materials, including televisions, microwaves, personal computers, monitors, printers and fax machines that employees brought from home.

Plastic Recycling

Partnering with McManus Recycling since June, 2012, Mercury Marine in St. Cloud, Florida, recycled approximately 90,000 pounds of plastic material by segregating the recyclable plastic sprues produced in our manufacturing processes into seven categories. This resulted in a 75% reduction in scrapped plastic materials.

Mercury U.S. Hazardous Waste
Includes all RCRA Hazardous Waste
Mercury U.S. Hazardous Waste Graph
Mercury Global Water Reduction
Mercury Global Water Reduction Graph
Mercury Global Water Consumption
Mercury Global Water Consumption Graph
Mercury Global Water Consumption
Baseline Total Water Usage
- with & w/o Water Savings Projects
Mercury Global Water Consumption Graph