Procter & Gamble has achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill at 85 percent of its sites worldwide, according to its 2018 Citizenship Report.
The company, which began the Zero Manufacturing Waste to Landfill initiative in 2008, previously cited the goal of achieving 100 percent by 2020 as an ‘impossible dream.’
P&G attributed the achievement to a shift in attitude by staff, who collaborated with the company’s Global Asset Recovery Purchases Team, which developed new solutions for plants globally. This includes retrieving plastic waste from plastic production in Mexico for conversion into bucket manufacturing, while waste from its Canadian Belleville plant is made into spill mitigation products.
According to the report both Europe and Asia are on the threshold of reaching the target, and are expected to reach them within the year.
The report stated, “There is a double benefit — we create a more circular supply chain by avoiding the landfill while also getting revenue for this would-be waste.”
The scheme is said to have saved the company more than $2 billion and has diverted around 5 million tons of waste from landfill.