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Waste reduction

Reducing waste supports our operations and our communities

We focus our waste reduction efforts on diverting waste from the landfill in order to reduce our environmental footprint, conserve valuable operational resources and help the communities that we serve.

Our commitment to reducing waste sent to landfill

By 2030, we aim to achieve zero waste-to-landfill status at 100 % of our manufacturing facilities. At the same time, we are committed to reducing the volume of waste generated by 2 % annually.

We achieve our ZWTL initiatives through reuse, recycling, composting and incineration for energy generation. We use third-party verification to ensure the quality of our programme. Our approach priorities beneficial diversion, and the process starts with source reduction – eliminating waste streams before they reach our facilities. We then engage partners to help us divert our remaining waste from landfill.

All Eaton sites must manage waste responsibly in accordance with regulations and our internal EHS Management (MESH) standards, including identifying all waste streams and creating waste minimisation plans.

Our goal is to have all our manufacturing sites be zero waste-to-landfill certified by 2030
100
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Our goal is to have all our manufacturing sites be zero waste-to-landfill certified by 2030
Number of metric tons by which we reduced our waste to landfill in 2019
1.5 k
Number of metric tons by which we reduced our waste to landfill in 2019
The percentage of our waste in 2019 diverted away from landfills through reuse, recycling, composting or waste-to-energy
92
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The percentage of our waste in 2019 diverted away from landfills through reuse, recycling, composting or waste-to-energy
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Perspectives
Strategies to take packaging out of the waste stream
January 28, 2020
Organisations are responding to the call from both consumers and government regulators to minimise packaging and reduce or eliminate single-use waste. Learn the many ways of keeping packaging material out of landfill.

Innovative waste management at Cerkezkoy

Our Cerkezkoy site in Turkey, the largest hose manufacturing plant of its kind, earned its zero waste-to-landfill certification by consistently diverting waste through reuse, recycling and other means. For example, the plant converted their rubber-hose edge-waste to usable energy via an energy recovery incineration process and is converting cafeteria waste to renewable energy through bio-digestion and methane recovery. In only four years, the plant reduced its total landfill waste from 21 per cent to 0.