Plastic Waste Management

Plastic Waste Management

Plastics contribute to grave environmental concerns. At Colgate-Palmolive, we believe that plastic waste is a serious challenge that calls for immediate action and we are committed to working towards a sustainable environment. Addressing the complexity of plastic pollution requires taking an inclusive and collaborative approach. Realizing this, at Colgate-Palmolive India, we started taking the necessary steps in this direction. From manufacturing to packaging, the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle across the Company’s facilities are followed, diligently. It is our Company’s constant endeavor to cut down on our overall waste across all levels and to look at new technologies that make waste management more efficient. The plastic waste generated at our plants during filling and packing of products is sent to waste handling/recycling agencies. With the respective State Pollution Control Board’s approval, this waste is recycled and co-processed for conversion to cement in the most environmentally friendly manner, at cement kilns.

Additionally, at Colgate-Palmolive India, we are committed to reducing the use of plastic in our packaging, using more recycled plastic, and increasing the recyclability of our plastic packaging. On an ongoing basis, the Company actively pursues technology related to the development of environmentally improved packaging materials. A team of professionals within Colgate-Palmolive India reviews all current packaging from an environmental standpoint on a continuous basis and sets standards for future packaging design and materials.

In India, the Central Government along with NGOs and various trade associations are working on creating a comprehensive ‘Extended Producers Responsibility’ framework to be implemented under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. Colgate-Palmolive India is working together with the Industry to help contribute to this and is fully committed to comply with it.

In spite of various challenges faced by the Industry in this direction, since 2018, Colgate-Palmolive India rolled out pilots for plastic recycling initiative, in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The Company, in partnership with NEPRA, is collecting Multi-Layered Plastic (MLP) that is diverted to cement kilns for energy recovery.

As part of our commitment, Colgate-Palmolive globally, is improving the ingredient sustainability profile of its products, working on removing PVC from toothbrush packaging, and continuously looking for ways to enrich the environment. Overall Colgate-Palmolive has made significant progress, including reducing its use of PVC plastics. 98 percent of Colgate’s packaging globally is free of hard-to-recycle plastic. Now, Colgate-Palmolive globally has raised the bar with a new commitment of 100 percent recyclability of the plastic used in packaging across all categories by 2025.