Unilever increases manufacturing waste diversion

Unilever increases manufacturing waste diversion

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Unilever, a maker of household products, has announced that it has made strides in reducing waste at its manufacturing facilities.

According to the company, which is based in the U.K. and the Netherlands, more than half of its factories achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012. Already, factories owned by Unilever in 18 countries send no waste to landfill. Currently, over 130 Unilever factories across the world send no non-hazardous waste to landfill.

Unilever cut back on the waste it generates by reducing, reusing and recycling refuse generated in its factories. Unilever spokesperson Cheryl Fernandes said that all of the company's manufacturing facilities that divert non-hazardous waste from landfills send any non-recyclable waste to incinerators. She also noted that the company's definition of zero waste to landfill includes both recycling and incineration for energy recovery.

Under its Sustainable Living Plan, the company intends to reduce the total waste it sends to landfill to 2008 levels by 2020. Unilever plans to expand on that target by diverting 100 percent of any non-hazardous waste generated at 252 of its factories across the world by 2015.

A statement from the company notes that 130 Unilever sites that have reached zero waste to landfill represents a cost savings of 70 million Euros ($94 million) annually without the need for capital expenditure. Additionally, the company points out that its business had continued to grow while making efforts to reduce waste.

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