Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever’s chief supply chain officer. © Unilever
Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever’s chief supply chain officer. © Unilever

600 Unilever sites now 'zero waste to landfill'

12 February 2016

More than 600 Unilever sites in 70 countries are now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill, the company has announced.

The owner of brands including Magnum, Marmite and PG Tips, declared in January that over 240 factories had achieved zero waste to landfill status, followed an announcement in October that it had become a “zero landfill” company in Europe.

The latest announcement includes factories, warehouses, distribution centres and offices – sites from which Unilever has found alternative routes for waste.

The company has identified different non-hazardous waste streams in its operations and used a “four R” approach of reducing, reusing, recovering or recycling.

Eliminating waste has contributed to cost benefits of €200m and created hundreds of jobs, the company stated.

Among the projects that have contributed to the goal is one in which canteen waste is turned into compost and another where waste is burned in kilns used in the concrete-making process.

Unilever’s chief supply chain officer, Pier Luigi Sigismondi, said that he was proud of what employees and partners have achieved across the manufacturing operations and wider business, but added that there is more to be done to “inspire a wide-scale movement”.

“The global challenge of a growing population relying on limited resources is very real,” he added. “Our zero waste goal underpins Unilever’s sustainable growth ambitions, as well as our commitment to become resource resilient and tackle climate change.” 

The company ultimately aims to achieve zero waste across its value chain. 

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