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14 September 2011 | Angeline Albert
One hundred per cent of waste generated by Unilever’s UK manufacturing
bases is now recycled or converted into energy, as a result of a supplier deal.
The consumer products giant achieved the goal
with the help of buyers who signed a contract with the group’s existing
supplier Veolia to ensure that more than 97 per cent of its waste is recycled.
The deal will see the remaining 3 per cent converted into usable energy.
The agreement means all of its 11 UK factories no
longer send this waste to landfill, including its PG tips site in
Manchester and its Colman's factory in Norwich. The company's two research and
development laboratories and its major offices in London and Leatherhead are
also included in the agreement.
Unilever’s UK manufacturing sites produce about
25 per cent of its total European waste. In 2010, some 93.7 per cent of the
group’s waste was non-hazardous and that same year 86 per
cent of its waste was sent for recycling.
Tony Dunnage, Unilever European eco-efficiency
manager said: “Today’s landmark demonstrates how our factories, office sites
and R&D laboratories are more environmentally responsible, which is helping
us to save money to invest in our business.”
The company would not disclose the value of the
deal or how much money the agreement would save the group.
Dunnage added: “While this announcement is all
about our commitment to recycling, we are also determined to find ways to
reduce and reuse the materials that we need in our factories."