Working toward zero

Our long-term vision is to one day report we have no manufacturing waste going to landfill. We have come a long way in a short time, thanks to innovative ideas and partnerships. We have more to do.

Today, we have more than 80 zero manufacturing waste facilities around the world—that’s more than 60% of our facilities. We measure our “waste to landfill” a bit differently than other companies, as for us, “waste” includes everything, no exceptions.

In 2014, we reached one of our key goals on waste six years ahead of schedule. We’d aimed to cut manufacturing waste headed to landfill to less than 0.5% of input materials. We have less than 0.4% going to landfill.

The key is to not see anything as trash, but material with potential use. Our Global Asset Recovery Purchases team is dedicated to just that. Here’s a look at what they’ve done:

Waste goals

In Hungary, our Always team collects production scraps and sends them to a local cement company, where they are incinerated for energy to make bricks. Each year, we are keeping 9,000 tons of material out of landfill.

In China, production waste from one facility is composted as “nutritional soil” for local parks; waste from another facility is being used as a raw material to make bricks.

In India, we’re shredding, blending and compressing manufacturing scraps that then are turned into wall partitions for housing and offices. We’re diverting 3,000 tons of waste per year away from landfill and converting it into a product with value.

In Canada, the scraps from our Always and Tampax brands are used to make emergency spill containment products. 

Surfactants from Head and Shoulders waste in China are repurposed into car wash components.