Procter & Gamble Facility Recognized by Sonoco for Landfill Free Status

Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified packaging companies, has named a Procter & Gamble (P&G) fabric care plant in Lima, Ohio, a gold-level Sonoco Sustainability Star Award recipient for the plant’s successful efforts to achieve landfill free status.

In 2014, P&G’s Lima facility set out to be the first fabric care plant in North America to earn the designation of Zero Waste to Landfill. As of Jan. 1, 2015, the facility has achieved this challenging goal – it recycles 97.25% of its waste, and converts the remaining 2.75% of waste to energy by partnering with Covanta, a leading waste-to-energy service. Waste is transported to Covanta’s nearest facility via specially made boxes built to accommodate the plant’s compactor equipment and to minimize the carbon footprint and economic impact of transportation.

“This is a truly innovative program and partnership among Sonoco, Covanta and P&G, delivering outstanding results by keeping waste from landfill, and turning non-reusable waste into energy,”  said Scott Burns, Associate Director leading P&G’s Global Asset Recovery Purchases organization. “A lot of effort  went into this program, with every component of waste being analyzed and successfully solutioned.”

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