Unilever Battles Waste to Landfills
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By Delimarket.TV Staff
Unilever United States and Canada has achieved 100% zero waste to landfills in all 26 of its manufacturing and non-manufacturing headquarter facilities. Other countries in which Unilever has achieved this milestone include the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Japan.
Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan focuses on reducing waste sent for disposal is a critical component of. Established in 2010, the plan aims to halve Unilever’s environmental footprint of the making and use of its products by 2020. Unilever is striving to be at or below 2008 levels of total waste from manufacturing facilities by 2015 — five years earlier than originally announced — despite producing significantly higher volumes.
More than half of Unilever’s 252 global factories are currently ZLF. The key driver for this achievement of ZLF in both North America manufacturing and non-manufacturing headquarter facilities is the elimination of waste. Where reduction of waste is not sufficient, the company’s facilities reuse, recycle or recover waste to reach zero waste to landfill.
For example, at the Owensboro, Ky., facility, which produces pasta sauce under the Ragu and Bertolli brands, paper and plastic are sent for recycling, which is eventually converted into tissues and composite lumber, respectively
“By eliminating waste, our employees are demonstrating our sustainable business model in action,” said Kees Kruythoff, president, Unilever North America. “This achievement is an important milestone for Unilever as we continue to fulfill our vision of significantly reducing our environmental impact while doubling our business.”