Consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble Co. announced that 45 of its facilities around the world no longer send any manufacturing waste to landfills.
The company's growing list of zero-waste-to-landfill sites includes six manufacturing facilities in the United States, according to Cincinnati-based P&G.
P&G has said that its long-term goal is to eliminate all manufacturing and consumer waste that it sends to landfills.
"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," P&G CEO Bob McDonald said in a news release.
"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."
In 2007, P&G announced that its facility in Budapest had become the company's zero-manufacturing-waste-to-landfill site.
Since then, the company said it has been working toward its goal of zero consumer and manufacturing waste through quality-assurance measures, packaging reduction, compaction and recycling efforts.
P&G claims that 99% of all materials entering its plants leave as finished product or are recycled, reused or converted to energy.
The company pointed to some of the more creative strategies it has employed to recycle or reuse waste.
P&G's Charmin plant in Apizaco, Mexico, converts paper sludge into low-cost roof tiles that are used to build homes in the community, according to the company.
At a P&G site in the United Kingdom, waste generated in the production of Gillette shaving foam gets composted and then used to grow turf for commercial applications.
"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," said 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."