P&G makes $1.6 billion from reducing waste to landfill


Global manufacturer Procter & Gamble has released its Sustainability Report 2015 that shows its progress towards meeting its 2020 goals.

The company revealed that 68 of its sites have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill, which represents nearly half of its global manufacturing sites.


In four countries, all manufacturing sites have reached this goal of zero manufacturing waste to landfill. These are Germany, Japan, Poland and Vietnam.

As a result of these actions, P&G has generated more than $1.6 billion in value for the company through savings and revenue reduction.  

The company also revealed that by switching from boxes to bags for its larger packs of Pampers nappies, that it saw packaging material reduced by 80% in weight per nappie.

This led to 14,000 fewer pallets being used and therefore took 400 trucks off the road.

On its goal of reducing packaging weight by 20% per consumer use by 2020, the company has so far reduced packaging by 10% since 2010.

However, against its target of doubling the use of recycled resin in plastic packaging, it has only increased this by 12% against the baseline.

But on its target of 100% of its paper packaging coming from recycled or third-party certified virgin content by 2020, now 97% of its paper packaging meets this goal.

P&G vice president of sustainability Len Sauers said: “Sustainability is a responsibility and a business opportunity. Since 2010, we have realised a cost saving of more than $1.6 billion and have reduced our environmental impact.

“It is exciting to see the changes we are making in our operations, the benefits created for the business and the progress we are making against our sustainability goals.”