Unilever North America says it has achieved 100 percent zero-waste-to-landfill (ZLF) at all dedicated distribution centers in North America.
Unilever reached its target of ZLF at all global factories in January.
Reducing waste sent for disposal is a critical component of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Established in 2010, the plan aims to halve Unilever’s environmental footprint of the making and use of its products by 2020.
Unilever reached ZLF at all of its owned facilities in North America in April 2013. The company continued to expand its goals by looking for ways to collaborate with partners, such as third-party distribution centers, which house the company’s finished goods.
Solutions to avoid sending finished goods to landfill include focused inventory management, composting, creating animal feed, package recycling and generating biodiesel fuel. Eliminating waste in distribution centers resulted in cost savings of more than $1.9 million in 2013, the company says.