Zero waste to landfill at Unilever

Resource Recovery

May 17, 2017


Is achieving a zero waste to landfill goal possible? In this case study, Unilever Tatura worked with the Cleanaway Shepparton branch to prove it, making a sustainable future possible by focusing on resource recovery and waste avoidance.

In line with the global Unilever target for all sites to achieve zero non-hazardous waste to landfill by 2015, our Cleanaway Shepparton branch began working with the staff at Unilever Tatura to reduce waste and manage it more effectively. The goal was to eliminate waste to landfill from the Tatura site by December 2014.

Initial waste audits at the site provided a picture of what waste was being generated through the supply chain and in post-production, with 62.70 tonnes being sent to landfill in October 2012. Specific contaminants in the recycling streams that were causing waste to be sent to landfill included Bulka bags, plastic lined paper bags, packaging contaminated with food waste, food waste and organics, scrap metal, e-waste and timber pallets.

Through our Greenius education program, we taught waste avoidance methods and explained the potential of resource efficiency, aiming to reduce the overall amount of waste while recovering valuable resources.

Greenius is designed to get people thinking about waste. Based on a mix of practical tasks, behavioural psychology and industry expertise, the interactive guides engage people directly on the topic of correct waste management and recycling.

Unilever Tatura achieved their goal ahead of time with zero waste sent to landfill in October 2014, while production volumes remain consistent. Since then, any small amount of waste not otherwise recovered is transported to a cement kiln in SA to produce a process-engineered fuel. As of January 2017, Unilever Tatura are maintaining their zero waste goals.

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