Working toward zero

Our long-term vision is to one day report we have no manufacturing waste going to landfill. We have come a long way in a short time, thanks to innovative ideas and partnerships. We have more to do.

Today, we have more than 68 zero manufacturing waste facilities around the world—that's more than 60% of our facilities. We hold ourselves to a high standard when defining “zero waste to landfill” and have made this definition publicly available on

In 2014, we reached one of our key goals on waste six years ahead of schedule by cutting waste to less than our target level of 0.5% of input materials. Today, we maintain a focus on driving our sites to send zero manufacturing waste to landfill and as of June 30, 2015 68 sites had achieved this milestone. We know that companies define “zero waste” differently. We hold ourselves to a high standard and our definition is available here.

The key is to not see anything as rubbish, but material with potential use. Our Global Asset Recovery Purchases team is dedicated to just that. Here's a look at what they've done:

Waste goals

In Hungary, our Always team collects production scraps and sends them to a local cement company, where they are incinerated for energy to make bricks. Each year, we are keeping 9,000 tons of material out of landfill.

In China, production waste from one facility is composted as "nutritional soil" for local parks; waste from another facility is being used as a raw material to make bricks.

In India, we're shredding, blending and compressing manufacturing scraps that then are turned into wall partitions for housing and offices. We're diverting 3,000 tons of waste per year away from landfill and converting it into a product with value.