Consumer Goods Firm Unilever Reaches Zero Waste in North America

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

April 17, 2013

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Consumer Goods Firm Unilever Reaches Zero Waste in North America

Consumer products maker Unilever said all of its 26 plants in the United States and Canada have achieved zero waste to landfill status.

The Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based U.S. subsidiary of the London-based firm said in a news release all of its manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities have reached that status. Efforts employed include reuse programs for cookie liners as trash bags and waste centralization to increase office recycling.

“This achievement is an important milestone for Unilever as we continue to fulfill our vision of significantly reducing our environmental impact while doubling our business,” said Kees Kruythoff, president of Unilever North America.

The global company has also achieved zero waste status in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Japan.

Unilever’s brands include Ben & Jerry’s, Country Crock, Degree, Dove, Good Humor, Hellman’s, Noxzema, Ragu and Wish-Bone.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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