Sludge-drying to reduce waste

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04/2016

As early as in 2014, some of L’Oréal’s plants, equipped with on-site wastewater treatment facilities, implemented projects to dry wastewater, either via the heat recovery of sludge or via solar energy. Thanks to a solar sledge-drying installation, the L’Oréal plant in Jabakeba (Indonesia) thus reduced the tonnage of waste sludge by about 80% between 2014 and 2015, thus helping reduce the environmental impact of its downstream transport and treatment operations.

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Reducing waste

L’Oréal has committed to a 60% reduction in waste from its plants and distribution centres by 2020 and aims to send zero waste to landfill from any of its industrial sites by 2016 (plants met this target end 2015). This is an ambitious challenge for the Group, which defines “waste” as any solid substance that is not marketed as a finished product.