So far 56 per cent of the firm’s global production sites have achieved this goal, since P&G began qualifying the sites as zero manufacturing waste to landfill. This means eliminating or beneficially reusing approximately 650,000 metric tons of waste – equivalent to nearly 350,000 medium-sized cars that would typically go to landfill.
Shailesh Jejurikar, executive sponsor for sustainability and President of Global Fabric Care, said: “We are accelerating progress toward our long term vision and pushing ourselves to do more – with less waste.
“Since 2010, we’ve been working toward a vision of sending zero manufacturing and consumer waste to landfills. This announcement marks another step on that journey.”
P&G aims to meet its target by ensuring all incoming materials are either recycled internally or externally, converted into a finished product or reused in alternative ways through partnerships.
Yannis Skoufalos, P&G President of Global Product Supply, said: “Our employees are using the same innovation skills and zero loss mentality they put into manufacturing our products to drive out waste.
“For example, surfactants from Head and Shoulders waste in China are repurposed into car wash, while scrap from our Tampax plant in Canada is used to make emergency spill containment products. These innovative external partnerships enable our sites to see scrap not as waste, but as potential worth for someone else.”
So far more than half of P&G’s production sites have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill status. In 19 countries (UK, Germany, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Egypt, Belgium, Ireland, Vietnam, Hungary, Indonesia, Czech, Romania, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Pakistan), all manufacturing facilities have met the zero waste qualification, and the company is approaching 100 per cent of sites in other countries including China and India.