Waste Management

Waste Management at Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited

In keeping with our global sustainability focus, Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited (CPIL), is an environmentally conscious company that believes in protecting the environment and building a sustainable society.

From manufacturing to packaging, we follow the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle across our facilities.  It is our constant endeavor to cut down our waste across all levels and to look at new technologies that make us more efficient at waste management.

Aiming towards becoming Zero Waste, Colgate abides with the environmental laws of India and works towards building a sustainable society.

Colgate is committed to improving the sustainability profile of its packaging, through regular evaluation of materials and processes.  

Colgate’s packaging sustainability strategy centers around:

  1. Assessing the human health and environmental impact of its packaging where appropriate,
  2. Striving to design products for reuse and recyclability while ensuring product integrity,
  3. Working to minimize the volume and weight of the packaging,
  4. Using the minimum amount of packaging required, to label and protect its products and,
  5. Utilizing recycled content

Plants of Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited function in compliance with the statutory regulatory guidelines and requirements.

Plastic Waste Management

At CPIL, plastic waste generated during filling and packing of products at our plants, is sent to waste handling/recycling agencies and with the state pollution control board’s approval, this is recycled in the most environmentally friendly manner.

Products that have expired or are not up to a certain qualification are handled by authorized agencies, which send the goods to a safe disposal method, as per the statutory regulatory guidelines and requirements. 

We endeavor to use packaging material that is recyclable/ reusable and recognize the importance of reducing waste at every stage of the product/package life cycle. Our goal is to increase the recycled content of our packaging and to provide our consumers with recyclable packages that further help to reduce the carbon footprint.

Further, the Company is working towards designing packaging of its products from responsibly sourced materials to ensure that the packaging considers sustainability throughout its life cycle.

In line with CPIL’s responsibility towards sustainability and making all stakeholders aware of disposing waste responsibly, here are some simple things that can be done together at work and at home for judicious waste management, which otherwise poses a threat to our environment, and is also a serious economic concern.

Waste Segregation

Waste segregation is the process of separating and classifying the waste material as Wet and Dry waste.

Dry Waste: Waste from or comprising plastics, wood, glass, metal, rubber, leather, fabric or related products that can be kept for an extended period without decomposing is classified as Dry waste.

Wet Waste: Wet waste comprises kitchen wastes which includes cooked and uncooked food waste, tea leaves, coffee grounds, eggshells, bones, fish scales, etc.

Keeping separate bins for Dry waste and Wet waste at home and at our work places will ensure that different processes like composting, recycling, incineration, etc. – can be applied to the different kinds of waste. This also decreases the waste that reaches landfills and reduces environmental pollution.

Update: December 05, 2017