P&G achieves zero manufacturing waste in 45 sites

Posted at 04/13/2013 8:05 AM | Updated as of 04/14/2013 11:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Procter & Gamble, the company behind Safeguard, Ariel, Tide and Pampers, said 45 facilities worldwide have achieved the goal of having zero manufacturing waste sent to landfills.

In Asia, this includes facilities in China, India, Japan and South Korea.

"Since 2010 P&G has ramped up its efforts to find solutions to reduce our total waste, both from production to post-consumer waste, and we are pleased to report that we have achieved significant milestones towards achieving our sustainability goals,” said Sumeet Vohra, P&G Philippines President and General Manager, in a statement.

In the Philippines, P&G has partnered with the Asian Development Bank in an initiative called “Waste to Worth”.

"The immediate goal of “Waste to Worth” is to create an integrated, replicable and profitable waste management system that creates value from the solid waste stream by redeeming recyclables and converting waste to electricity," Vohra said.

P&G Philippines is working with stakeholders in the waste industry, as well as possible partners, to realize its goal of having zero consumer waste go to landfill.

"The “Waste to Worth” project is one of many initiatives that we are working on in a Company-wide bid towards reducing our environmental footprint. In addition to catalyzing the establishment of an integrated solid waste management system we are also exploring other pilot opportunities between now and 2020 to find ways to eliminate post-consumer waste, which we hope will be a multi-stakeholder effort," Vohra said.

P&G announced its first zero manufacturing waste to landfill site in Budapest in 2007. Since then, the company has pledged to work toward zero consumer and manufacturing waste worldwide. Through quality assurance, packaging reduction, compaction and recycling efforts, the company now ensures that 99% of all materials entering P&G plants leaves as finished product or is recycled, reused or converted to energy.

Now, less than 1% of all materials entering P&G sites globally leaves as waste. Over the past 5 years, P&G's work to find worth in waste has created over $1 billion in value for the company.

"We have a vision for the future, where plants are powered by renewable energy, products are made from recycled and renewable materials and resources are conserved, with no waste going to landfill. Changing the way we see waste as a Company has brought us one step closer to this goal at 45 sites worldwide, where all of our manufacturing waste is recycled, repurposed or converted into energy," Bob McDonald, P&G President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, said.

For instance, in Mexico, paper sludge from a Charmin toilet tissue plant is turned into low-cost roof tiles used to build homes in the local community. At a U.S. Pampers site, scrap from the diaper and wipe manufacturing process is converted to upholstery filling.