Proctor & Gamble announced plans to eliminate waste across all of its global manufacturing sites within four years, having already reached zero waste status at more than half of its factories.
The consumer goods giant revealed that 56 per cent of its global production sites – of which there are more than 100 – have already reached the milestone, and that plans are now in place for the remaining sites to reach the target by 2020.
Currently P&G sites in 19 countries have achieved zero waste to landfill status, while the firm is also approaching 100 per cent of sites in other countries such as China and India.
The announcement marks the first time P&G has set a date on its commitment to eliminate landfill waste across all of its manufacturing sites globally, having set out its zero waste to landfill goal as a broader, long-term vision in 2010.
Additional investments have been made in boosting reuse and recycling strategies, to ensure that all incoming materials to its manufacturing plants are converted into finished product, recycled internally or externally, or “reused in alternative ways through partnerships”, the firm said.
It highlighted projects in Lima, Peru, and Ohio in the US where it has converted liquid waste from its Tide and Gain products into alternative fuel sources to power vehicles, as well as its recycling of plastic laminate at two of its India plants into low-cost building panels.
Achieving the 2020 target will mean eliminating or reusing an additional 650,000 metric tonnes of waste that still goes to landfill across P&G sites. This is the equivalent weight of almost 350,000 mid-sized cars, according to the company.
P&G said the target date of 2020 would set the company a “firm glidepath for what needs to be done and pushes the company to ensure remaining sites develop plans to achieve this status by that time”.
“We are accelerating progress toward our long term vision and pushing ourselves to do more – with less waste,” Shailesh Jejurikar, executive sponsor for sustainability and president of global fabric care, said in a statement. “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.”