By Steve Clarke, Environmental & Sustainability Client Manager
Our Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, plant, which manufactures a number of Glad® products, recently achieved a zero-waste-to-landfill status. This noteworthy achievement required a great deal of hard work and effort by the Orangeville team.
The team spent years working on and improving its recycling programs, developed a composting program and began training contractors and new employees on how to keep these efforts moving forward. By 2014, the plant’s diversion rate was more than 97 percent, and after passing an internal corporate audit, they achieved the company’s “low waste” designation.
In late 2015, the team began diverting the remaining non-recyclable material to a regional waste-to-energy facility, and became our second plant to achieve Clorox’s zero-waste-to-landfill designation, which requires sites to:
- Recycle or repurpose at least 90 percent of their waste
- Send the remaining 10 percent or less to a waste-to-energy facility
- Have virtually no recyclables in any waste container
- Pass an audit by the environment and sustainability team
Fairfield, California, was Clorox’s first plant to achieve zero waste to landfill, and three other facilities are close to achieving this designation as we work toward our goal to have 10 zero-waste-to-landfill sites by 2020.