Nestlé Waters achieves zero waste to landfill

Nestlé Waters UK has announced that it has achieved independently verified zero waste-to-landfill at its factory in Buxton and head office in Rickmansworth.


This has resulted in the mineral water company diverting 500 tonnes from landfill in the last 12 months, a year ahead of planned schedule.

Nestlé Waters UK said almost every item of waste including paper, cardboard, PET bottles, glass and wooden pallets has been reprocessed into new products, of which almost half of these then return to Nestlé Waters for re-use.

The small fraction of waste that cannot be recycled is used for waste to energy.

A spokesperson told Packaging News the mineral water company met this target through an ongoing behaviour change programme, which has focused on using employee engagement to help drive change.

Its £35m state-of-the-art factory at Waterswallows in Buxton was opened last year, and has enabled Nestlé Waters to achieve an ‘excellent’ grading in its BREEAM Certification.

Additionally, through a partnership with Recoup, the company has worked with local schools in Buxton to raise awareness of recycling – and by the end of 2013, almost 8,000kg of waste had been collected through this scheme.

Federico Sarzi Braga, chief executive of Nestlé Waters UK, said: “One year on from officially opening our state-of-the-art UK facilities in Buxton , we have reached a new milestone achieving zero waste-to-landfill at both our factory and our head office sites. To achieve this one year ahead of schedule is particularly satisfying for all of our employees and a tribute to the innovative way that Nestlé Waters has approached our responsibilities in waste diversion whilst also building on our efforts of how we create value in a wider community.”