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P&G To Eliminate Manufacturing Waste by 2020

January 11, 2017

Initiative involves 100 global production sites.

P&G will eliminate all manufacturing waste from its global network of more than 100 production sites by 2020 with additional investments in recycling and beneficial reuse.

Since the company began qualifying sites as zero manufacturing waste to landfill, 56% of its global production sites have achieved this milestone. Plans are now in place to complete the remaining facilities over the next four years. This means eliminating or beneficially re-using about 650,000 metric tons of waste, equivalent to the weight of nearly 350,000 mid-sized cars that would typically go to landfills.

Currently, more than half of P&G’s production sites have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill status, including a broad range of product families and geographic regions. In 19 countries (Germany, UK, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Egypt, Belgium, Ireland, Vietnam, Hungary, Indonesia, Czech, Romania, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Pakistan) all manufacturing facilities have met the zero waste qualification, and the Company is approaching 100% of sites in other countries including China and India.

P&G will achieve its zero waste goals by ensuring all incoming materials are either: converted into finished product, recycled internally or externally or re-used in alternative ways through partnerships.

The company has been focusing on finding unique alternatives for its waste. For example, in Lima, Ohio, liquid waste from products like Tide and Gain are being converted to and other alternative fuels sources to power vehicles. Non-recyclable plastic laminate materials from our plants in Mandideep and Baddi, India are shredded and pressed into low-cost building panels.