Colgate-Palmolive India has received TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification, for all its four manufacturing sites in India, from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. GBCI administers TRUE Zero Waste certification, a program for businesses to assess performance in reducing waste and maximizing resource efficiency. Facilities earn TRUE certification by achieving minimum program requirements and attaining points; the program operates on a ranking system, with ‘Platinum’ being the highest certification level.
The TRUE Zero Waste certification program is meant to enable facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health. TRUE-certified spaces support sustainability and facilities that achieve the highest level of the rating system are acknowledged for minimizing their waste to landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) or to the environment.
All the four manufacturing plants of Colgate India - Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), Goa, Sanand (Gujarat), and Sri City (Andhra Pradesh) - have achieved Platinum Certification, the highest level of certification. This makes Colgate-Palmolive as India’s first company to receive this accreditation.
In order to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification, Colgate-Palmolive India not only implemented the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle principle, but also diverted waste, which would have otherwise gone to a landfill, through processes like Composting, Zero Waste Purchasing, Hazardous Waste Prevention, Redesigning, Innovation, Employee Trainings to bring about an attitudinal change, etc.
Additionally, a highly innovative in-house Green Team has been formed to encourage employees’ at all the four plants to actively think of diverting waste at every possible step which results in:
- sending residual wastewater solids to cement factories for co-processing
- making furniture out of waste empty laminated tubes
- reusing packaging materials
- reusing the drums used for raw materials
- reducing food wastage by associating with an NGO to take the extra food to underprivileged people, and the leftovers to animal feed
- using reusable stainless steel utensils in the cafeteria
- composting organic waste to use it as soil-conditioner for the plants/vegetables grown on site and use it as manure
Among the various results achieved, in 2018 alone, over 1.2 million kgs of residual wastewater solids was diverted to cement factories, to be co-processed into cement, instead of being sent to a landfill.
Caring for the health and safety of the environment, people, and communities is an integral part of Colgate and achieving TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification is in line with that belief. Colgate continues to focus its efforts to minimize waste by using the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle principle and urges consumers to follow the same.