Unilever has announced more than 50% of its factories have achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012.
And the manufacturer said it is stretching its original target for 100% zero waste to landfill further by bringing the 2020 commitment forward by five years.
A total of 252 factories across the world will not send any non-hazardous waste to landfill by end of 2015.
Tony Dunnage, group environmental engineering manager, Unilever, said: “This is a significant achievement for Unilever as we make progress towards reaching our ambitious sustainability goals. It’s a great example of how we are putting our sustainability strategy into action – by decoupling the growth of our business from its environmental impact. Today’s landmark demonstrates how our factories are more environmentally responsible,
Unilever said its latest goal was achieved while the company reported annual sales of €51bn – up from €40bn when the company set out its new vision of doubling the size of its business whilst reducing its environmental impact.
Unilever said has already reached the milestone of 100% of sites sending zero waste to landfill in 18 countries. According to the company, this achievement is equivalent to removing more than one million household bins of waste every year. This includes all of Unilever’s factories in the UK and Ireland. The overall achievement is equivalent to removing more than one million household bins of waste every year.
Over 130 Unilever factories across the world, from Costa Rica to Japan, send no non-hazardous waste to landfill. A key driver for this achievement is the elimination of waste in the factories, said Unilever. Additionally waste is reduced, reused, recycled and recovered.
Under its Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever announced that by 2020, total waste sent for disposal will be at or below 2008 levels – despite producing significantly higher volumes.