Optical Fiber Sustainability and Safety

Optical fiber keeps the world connected in the most sustainable way

At Corning, we believe that protecting the environment makes good business sense and is the right thing to do.

We are committed to environmental protection through continuous improvement of our processes, products, and services, as well as protecting the health and safety of all Corning associates. We pride ourselves in maintaining environmental and safety standards that meet or exceed regulatory requirements.

Learn more about Corning’s commitment to sustainability

A Sustainable Future with Optical Fiber

More than ever, the world depends on data. Optical fiber has demonstrated superior capabilities over all other alternatives, offering massive capacity that expands the bandwidth of human potential.

Compared to copper-based networks, optical fiber reduces energy consumption by up to 54%, reduces operational costs due to lower maintenance requirements, and offers high-performance and high reliability that lasts a lifetime. Less often talked about is the embodied carbon of optical fiber, which Corning quantified through a life cycle assessment (LCA) and discusses in the below white paper.


Corning Package Recycling Program

Corning offers a recycling service for fiber spools, covers, totes, and preform crates in certain regions.

Packaging and Recycling Application Notes:

Packaging Information and Recommended Handling of Optical Fiber Spools, Spool Covers, Corrugated Boxes, and Plastic Shipping Totes

Corning Package Recycling Program for Fiber Spools, Covers, Totes, and Preform Crates

Contact the Optical Fiber Customer Service Department at +1 607-248-2000 or cofic@corning.com for more information about optical fiber package recycling options in your area.