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Nestlé factory achieves zero waste to landfill status

Nestlé UK’s York site has achieved zero waste to landfill status four years ahead of its 2015 target.

The site, which makes more than a billion Kit Kats and 183 million Aeros a year, has saved the company almost £120,000 in landfill tax a year.

The zero waste to landfill status forms part of the company’s sustainability programme, which has set the target for all of the company’s 14 UK and Ireland factories to achieve zero waste by 2015.

Chairman and chief executive Paul Grimwood said that making such progress in reducing waste to landfill and packaging produced was a “significant step”.

“Although there is still much to do in our sustainability journey, I am very proud of what our employees have achieved in such a short time,” he said. “We are committed to manufacturing and doing business in a way that protects the planet and its resources for future generations and helps our local communities to thrive.

“I am particularly excited about our project in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne, which will demonstrate our holistic approach to environmental sustainability and will quite literally transform how we manufacture in the UK. This will act as a test bed for techniques which we can then scale up and apply across our business to accelerate our sustainability journey even faster.”

Nestlé UK and Ireland first published its Creating Shared Value report in 2010. The targets cover: nutrition, health and wellness, energy and emissions, water, waste, packaging, transport and distribution and sourcing. A follow-up is due to be published in 2012.

Creating Shared Value encompasses Nestlé’s belief that to enhance and protect its business, it needs to go beyond compliance and sustainability in order to create new and greater value for its people, shareholders and society.

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