Food manufacturer Nestlé has set itself a goal of achieving zero waste in Europe by 2020.
Half of the company’s sites in UK and Ireland already send no waste to landfill and it hopes all will achieve this by 2015.
But by 2020 it wants all 150 of its European sites to not send waste to landfill or incineration where energy is not recovered.
Nestlé executive vice-president and zone director for Europe Laurent Freixe said: “The decision to achieve zero waste illustrates Nestlé’s commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices.
“We already have over 25 factories in Europe that do not dispose of waste into the environment.
“By relentlessly eliminating all source of waste, or by recycling or recovering energy from unavoidable residues, I am convinced we can achieve the same for all our European operations.”