More than 99.35% of all materials entering Procter & Gamble plants were used, either in products or through recycling, reuse, and conversion of waste to energy, according to the company’s 15th annual sustainability report. More than 50 of the company’s global sites achieved the goal of sending zero waste to landfill, including every site in Germany.
The P&G sustainability report says that since 2010, the company has reduced manufacturing waste by 56% per unit of production – more than double the company’s original goal.
Manufacturing waste was reduced to 0.65% of input materials in fiscal year 12/13. The company’s 2020 goal is to ensure manufacturing waste to landfill is less than 0.5% of input materials.
Since 2010, the company has reduced packaging by approximately 4.5% per consumer use. The reduction has come from projects such as product compactions, packaging light-weighting, use of new materials, and more efficient transport packaging. P&G’s waste reduction goal is 20% by 2020.
Unilever, another CPG giant, said earlier this year that more than half of the company’s factories achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012, prompting the company to speed up by five years its goal of zero waste to landfill by 2020. By the end of 2015, Unilever’s 252 factories worldwide will not sent any non-hazardous waste to landfill, the company announced in January.