Ricohs Zero Waste to Landfill operating standard has been in place since 2001

Ricohs zero waste to landfill operating standard has

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Ricoh’s ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ operating standard has been in place since 2001, and it has set a target to reduce the use of new resources by 87.5% from 2000 levels by 2050. This has resulted in its current product range being smaller and lighter, using parts with longer lifecycles, while increasing reuse and recycling. 141 ANDY WHYLE AND XAVIER BATTINGER This document is not a statement of government policy
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BUSINESS Case Study Circular thinking applied to manufacturing Richard Kirkman, Technical Director, Veolia P rocter and Gamble (P&G) manufactures household names that include Gillette, Pampers, Pantene and Fairy Liquid. In recent years, the company has significantly changed the way it views waste. By actively pursuing a global ‘zero manufacturing waste’ initiative, since 2010 P&G has reduced water use by 20%, greenhouse gas emissions by 4%, and energy use by 15%. The company has achieved ‘zero waste to landfill’ across 68 of its global manufacturing sites. The first facility in the UK to meet this target was the Gillette aerosol manufacturing facility based in Reading. The waste contractor reviewed and analysed all waste streams with P&G and identified opportunities across the manufacturing facility. This included sourcing a supplier to sort, palletise and transport used cardboard boxes for P&G’s reuse programme. A series of waste audits highlighted materials that had the potential to be recycled or treated through the network of local treatment facilities operated by Veolia. This allowed P&G to recycle every component in its aerosol cans, which included extracting the gases, recycling the metal can itself and processing the organic liquid inside for use as a secondary liquid fuel (SLF). SLF is subsequently used as an alternative fuel source for kilns in the cement industry. 142 RICHARD KIRKMAN This document is not a statement of government policy
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5 years ago 79% important important Today Five years from now 47% 45% 35% 33% 18% 18% 12% 8% 1% 1% 2% 0% 0% Does not apply Not that Somewhat Important Very important Figure 4: A recent GreenBiz survey asked respondents to rate the importance of collaboration with outside organisations (in order to further their own organisation’s innovation capacity) at three points in time: 5 years ago, now, and 5 years in the future. Source: GreenBiz BUSINESS Companies that are leaders in the sustainability arena are continually looking to scale their efforts. US media organization GreenBiz conducted research in 2015 to discover how companies can create value in order to spur innovation 7 . One of the key findings is that the perceived need for outside collaboration is significantly increasing (see Fig. 4). Collaboration between businesses, educational establishments and innovators can develop responsible growth, whilst increasing regional productivity through Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP). Business Environmental Networks already understand that sharing sustainability best practice only helps to develop it further, creating models that become more generic as their deployment increases. For
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