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P&G Achieves Zero Manufacturing Waste at 45 Sites Worldwide

Innovative manufacturing solutions are cornerstone of P&G’s zero-waste vision

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 8:00 am EDT

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CINCINNATI

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PG
"Sharing a Vision and Zeroing in on Waste."

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), the Company behind consumer brands including Gillette®, Ariel®, Tide® and Pampers® today announced that 45 of their facilities have now achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill, which marks a major step towards the Company’s long-term vision of sending zero manufacturing and consumer waste to landfills. Over the past 5 years, P&G's work to find worth in waste has created over $1 billion in value for the company.

Bob McDonald, P&G President, CEO and Chairman of the Board said, We have a vision for the future, where plants are powered by renewable energy, products are made from recycled and renewable materials and resources are conserved, with no waste going to landfill. Changing the way we see waste as a Company has brought us one step closer to this goal at 45 sites worldwide, where all of our manufacturing waste is recycled, repurposed or converted into energy.”

P&G announced its first zero manufacturing waste to landfill site in Budapest in 2007. Since then, the Company has shared a long-term Environmental Vision, pledging to work toward zero consumer and manufacturing waste worldwide. Through quality assurance, packaging reduction, compaction and recycling efforts, the company now ensures that 99% of all materials entering P&G plants leaves as finished product or is recycled, reused or converted to energy. Now, as the Company celebrates its 175th year, less than 1% of all materials entering P&G sites globally leaves as waste.

“P&G is a global leader in sustainability, and the company’s zero manufacturing waste initiative is setting a standard for others to follow,” said Steve Owens, former Assistant Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and member of P&G’S Sustainability and Technical Expert Advisory Panel. “P&G’s efforts are helping protect the environment, conserve precious natural resources, and make our planet cleaner and healthier for our children, families and future generations.”

To drive all sites toward zero, P&G has searched for innovative ways to find value in what was once seen as waste. In Mexico, paper sludge from a Charmin toilet tissue plant is turned into low-cost roof tiles used to build homes in the local community. At a U.S. Pampers site, scrap from the wipe manufacturing process is converted to upholstery filling. And, in the U.K., waste created in the production of Gillette shaving foam is composted then used to grow turf for commercial uses. Learn about these and other innovative reuse stories in the short video “Worth from Waste.”

“There are well-defined systems for recycling materials like paper, plastic and glass, but our product portfolio is incredibly broad, resulting in a diverse set of waste streams to find sustainable solutions for,” shared Dr. Forbes McDougall, who leads P&G’s global zero manufacturing waste program. “We focused on finding solutions for our toughest waste streams at our largest sites, and while initially we saw progress in our overall corporate recycling, the increase in zero landfill sites was slow. Today, we have found ways to divert most of our major waste streams away from landfill, so we’re now seeing new sites achieve zero manufacturing waste to landfill nearly every month.”

This announcement coincides with a Company-wide message to inspire employees and consumers to think differently about the everyday things they do and the surprisingly positive impact they can have on the environment. On April 22nd, the Company will hold a global, live discussion on “Sharing a Vision and Zeroing in on Waste.” The conversation with P&G's Sustainability leadership will be hosted by The Guardian and will feature crowd-sourced questions and live Q&A. To register, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/qcqr7d.

Notes to Editors

Full list of P&G Zero Manufacturing Waste Sites as follows:

Asia         Europe
Country     City     Category/Brand Country     City     Category/Brand
China     Taicang     Beauty Care Belgium     Aarschot     Batteries (Duracell)
India     Baddi     Grooming Brussels Technical Centre
Bhiwadi Grooming       Mechelen     Fabric & Home Care
      Mandideep     Fabric & Home Care Czech Republic     Rakona     Fabric & Home Care
Japan     Shiga     Beauty Care France     Blois     Beauty Care
South Korea     Chonan     Feminine Care Germany Euskirchen Baby Care
Kronberg HQ Grooming
Kronberg Grooming
Marktheidenfeld Health Care
North America Rothenkirchen Beauty Care
Country     City     Category/Brand Wallduern Grooming
USA Andover, MA Beauty Care Weiterstadt Distribution Center
Auburn, ME Feminine Care Worms Fabric & Home Care
Boston, MA Grooming Berlin Grooming
Box Elder, UT Family Care       Crailsheim     Feminine Care
Hunt Valley, MD Beauty Care Greece     Athens     Distribution Center
      Cape Giradeau, MO     Baby Care Hungary     Budapest     Feminine Care
Italy     Pescara     Feminine Care
Ireland     Nenagh     Beauty Care
South America

Netherlands

   

Coevorden

   

Health Care

Country     City     Category/Brand

Poland

Aleksandrow

Beauty Care

Brazil     Manaus     Grooming

 

Lodz

Distribution Centre

Mexico     Apizaco     Family Care

 

Lodz

LMC Grooming

     

Sochaczew

   

Distribution Centre

Romania Timisoara Fabric & Home Care
      Urlati     Beauty Care
Spain Montornes Feminine Care
      Jijona     Baby Care
UK Bournemouth Distribution Center
Newcastle Innovation Center
      Reading     Beauty Care
 

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

Contact:

Procter & Gamble
Elizabeth Ratchford, 1-513-439-0378
ratchford.eq@pg.com

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What if waste...isn't waste? What if it can become something with value - like a roof tile or fertilizer for planting trees? Watch this video to learn how innovative thinking has helped P&G achieve zero manufacturing waste to landfill at 45 sites worldwide.
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