Waste

Responsibility

As the world’s population increases, so too does its level of consumption. This means more waste is produced by both industry and consumers. Together, we must all contribute to a more sustainable future by decreasing the waste we generate and dispose of. We’re focusing on how we can reduce the waste associated with our product packaging and manufacturing processes in order to improve the sustainability of our products.

Since 2012:

100% of factories have achieved zero waste to landfill

24.1% waste reduction*

Products

We’re making product packaging design better. For us, this means making more with less, saving resources and reducing emissions.

Our product developers are required to measure and manage packaging quantities and types using RB’s Sustainable Innovation Calculator.

Our approach to more sustainable product packaging involves:

  • Reducing packaging weight
  • Considering more sustainable materials
  • Increasing recyclability

Our approach to more sustainable product packaging involves:

  • Reducing packaging weight
  • Considering more sustainable materials
  • Increasing recyclability
  • Increasing communication with our consumers on how to dispose of our packaging, e.g. through labels

Manufacturing

Our 2020 Goals:

100% of factories zero waste to landfill

20% reduction in waste*

Since 2012:

100% of factories zero waste to landfill

24.1% reduction in waste*

We are committed to reducing the levels of waste our facilities generate, improving the ways waste is treated and ensuring we send zero waste to landfill. This is done by purchasing products that are made of more sustainable materials, by reducing the waste we produce at our facilities and by choosing to recycle materials wherever possible.

This year, all of our factories have achieved Zero Waste to Landfill status – that is, alternative sustainable disposal methods were found for all waste including reuse and recycling. Each plant has waste targets that are supported by a range of measures and projects to ensure their delivery. Furthermore, the waste management programmes and performance of suppliers and third-party contractors are assessed and monitored where necessary.

In our distribution operations, we have also worked with suppliers to develop reusable and returnable packaging, further reducing waste and transit packaging in our supply chain.

Bangpakong, Thailand

Wastewater treatment sludge is being turned into concrete blocks to build a recreation area for a local school.

Baddi, India

Dermi Cool talcum powder waste is being used as a raw material for the production of plastic granules, saving over £1,000 in raw materials and landfill costs.

Shanxi, China

Materials left over from the traditional medicine manufacturing process is now being turned into compost by an organic fertiliser producer.

Jammu Pest, India

Briquette ash is now being turned into building bricks by a local brick producer. After extensive testing of these bricks we found them to be safe for boundary wall construction.

“When you consider the complexity and the scale of our manufacturing processes and the variety and volume of our raw and packaging materials – our rapid progress is a testament to our team’s focus. Our next challenge will be to share best practice amongst sites to get to 100%.”

Amedeo Fasano , EVP global supply

*=per unit of production

 

RB UK Commercial Ltd

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