Nestle Waters UK has achieved zero waste-to-landfill at both its factory in Buxton as well as at its head office in Rickmansworth, according to Packaging News.
The company has diverted 500 metric tons from landfill in the past 12 months, and joins a growing list of companies who have achieved the zero-waste mark.
Nearly all waste paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass and wooden pallets from the factory and the company’s head office is now reprocessed into new products, with nearly half returning to Nestle Waters for reuse. The small fraction of waste that cannot be recycled is used for waste to energy. According to the company, the achievement was made possible by a sustained program of employee engagement.
Nestle Waters’ factory produces lightweight bottled water products, reducing PET plastic usage by 25 percent. The factory has achieved a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology certification of “excellent.”
According to Edie.net, Nestle Waters has also been encouraging recycling in the local Buxton community. In June 2013 it launched a recycling plan to encourage school children to recycle and view waste as a resource. At the end of 2013, almost 8,000 kg of waste had been collected, and the company plans to widen the plan to outside of Buxton. Industry analysts have been encouraging organizations to take on similar initiatives in the US.
The Nestle Group announced commitments to reduce waste throughout its supply chain, with a goal of having 10 percent of all factories achieving zero waste-to-landfill by 2015.