Of our manufacturing operations with zero waste to landfill
Includes IFCN, for manufacturing operations only.
Reduction in waste per unit of production vs 2012
Excludes IFCN, for manufacturing and warehouse operations only.
Read our Insight into how we are reducing waste across the business
Our Nottingham manufacturing site hit 100% zero waste to landfill in 2017. Since then we have focused on finding more ways to reduce waste, recycle and reuse. For example, in 2019, our War on Waste programme led to advances in our Strepsils production, saving approximately 600 tonnes of process raw material waste and helping the site to reduce their waste per unit of production by over 30%.
The site has also eliminated 10,400 single-use bags for plastic packaging for tablets, moved to hand dryers (removing paper towels waste) and changed to boxes to collect blisters, eliminating 109,000 single-use bags from the process.
Core to the outcome of recycling schemes is the ability to sort at source. By integrating this concept into our Hull plant, by simplifying the waste system, introducing weekly waste audits and using clear signage, we have seen significant reduction of general solid waste. Effluent (liquid) waste has also decreased from 140 tonnes to under 20 tonnes, representing an 85% reduction.
Alongside production changes, education remains a key pillar in our strategy to reduce waste. During Education Week in May 2019, we ran programmes to increase awareness of best practice, highlighting to all colleagues the importance of recycling at source. Our Hull plant will now refocus their attention on reducing product line waste and recycling plastic bottles used in manufacturing.