Procter & Gamble goes zero waste
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Procter & Gamble, a maker of personal care products and containers, has announced that 45 of its manufacturing facilities worldwide send no waste to landfills.
The recent milestone is part of the company's long-term goal of sending no manufacturing or consumer waste to landfills. According to the company, its waste-reduction efforts, which include incineration for energy recovery along with recycling, have created over $1 billion in value for P&G. Less than one percent of all materials entering P&G sites globally are sent to landfill, with the company diverting nearly all plastic scrap and packaging waste generated during the manufacturing process. In 2011-12, 79 percent of all packaging waste generated by the company was recycled, compared to 69 percent recycled by Procter & Gamble in 2010-11.
"There are well-defined systems for recycling materials like paper, plastic and glass, but our product portfolio is incredibly broad, resulting in a diverse set of waste streams to find sustainable solutions for," said Dr. Forbes McDougall, who leads P&G's global zero manufacturing waste program, in a prepared statement. "We focused on finding solutions for our toughest waste streams at our largest sites, and while initially we saw progress in our overall corporate recycling, the increase in zero landfill sites was slow. Today, we have found ways to divert most of our major waste streams away from landfill, so we're now seeing new sites achieve zero manufacturing waste to landfill nearly every month."