Worth from Waste
Making zero waste a reality
During production, use, and after use of P&G products, solid waste may be generated. This represents both a waste of resources and a potential source of environmental impact. P&G is committed to reducing the amount of solid waste arising from meeting consumers’ needs.
Our Efforts to Reduce Waste Include
Reducing solid waste arising from our own operations:
- Working to eliminate or reduce solid waste from production processes
- Identifying ways to repurpose waste as useful raw materials
- Designing more material-efficient delivery systems
Designing waste out of our products and packaging:
- Improving product and packaging design to deliver “more from less” – more value from our products from less materials and waste (e.g., product compaction)
- Using life cycle thinking to improve products and packaging
- Using materials that are compatible with solid waste management systems and have the potential to enable “Waste-to-Worth” systems such as recycling, waste-to-energy, and composting
Worth from Waste
Learn how we’re working toward zero manufacturing waste at all of our sites, worldwide.
By changing the way we see waste—from something thrown away to something with value—we have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill at 50 P&G sites worldwide. At these sites, all manufacturing waste is recycled, repurposed, or converted into energy. You can read here about how we define zero manufacturing waste to landfill.
Global Asset Recovery Purchases Team
Key to this effort is P&G’s Global Asset Recovery Purchases (GARP) team. They are charged with finding external partners who can turn waste and non-performing inventory into something useful. Over the past five years, our work to find worth in waste has created over $1 billion in value for the Company.
- Waste from our Charmin plant in Mexico is now used to make roof tiles for the local community.
- Scraps from a U.S. Pampers site are converted into upholstery filling.
- In the U.K., waste from Gillette shaving foam is composted and turned into turf for commercial use.
We continue to evaluate waste reduction pilot opportunities in both developed and developing regions. Our Waste to Worth team conducted a comprehensive study in the Philippines, with the cooperation of government stakeholders, to understand the tonnage and composition of the waste stream, including the percent that is biodegradable, recyclable, and residual. All of this data led to the design of an integrated, profitable, and replicable waste management business model that extracts value from the waste stream—materials that would otherwise by thrown away. We are partnering with the Asian Development Bank with the goal of piloting this business model in Antipolo, Philippines, and the project has been offered to a company that will own and operate the facility under the business model created.