Unilever hits zero landfill milestone in Europe

24-Oct-2015

Includes waste from Unilver owned or fully operated premises, logistic operations, distribution centres and offices

Unilever has announced that it is no longer sending any waste to landfill in Europe. This includes any waste from Unilver owned or fully operated premises, logistic operations, distribution centres and offices across the continent.

Earlier this year the company achieved zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across its global network of factories. It aims to become a zero waste company by the end of the year and is also working to achieve a zero waste value chain.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Unilever, said: "Our zero waste to landfill goal is essential to Unilever's sustainable growth ambitions and we aspire to see an industry wide movement here. In June this year we partnered with peer companies, experts and key stakeholders to get people personally connected with this environmental and social issue. We are convinced that only together can we eliminate waste on an unprecedented scale across the globe. Our European teams have reached an important new milestone and proven that the model and mind-set that drove our factory achievements is repeatable outside of a manufacturing environment."

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Unilever’s President of Europe, Jan Zijderveld added: “We are very proud that all our sites in Europe now send zero waste to landfill. Achieving zero waste company is complex as we do not own or even majority occupy many of the non-manufacturing sites and our teams have invested a lot of energy, shown real entrepreneurship and initiative to overcome multiple challenges. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is deeply embedded in the organisation and progressively represented in our brands. With sustainable brands delivering more growth and savings made through greater resource efficiency and better use of materials, the business case for sustainability is becoming increasingly clear”.

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