Unilever advances 'zero waste to landfill' commitment by five years to 2015

Household products maker Unilever Plc today announced that more than 50 per cent of all its factories have achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012.

Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products globally.

The company said this was achieved even as it reported annual sales of €51 billion – up from €40 billion when Unilever set out its new vision of doubling the size of its business whilst reducing its environmental impact and increasing its positive social impact.

Unilever has already reached the milestone of 100 per cent of sites sending zero waste to landfill in 18 countries. This 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, it said.

Unilever said in a statement, "Key driver for this achievement is the elimination of waste in the factories. Additionally Zero waste is reduced, reused, recycled and recovered."