Yichang: the War Against Waste



In 2017, the Yichang plant launched its War Against Waste project with the aim of reducing by 50% the waste linked to its production process by 2018 (compared to 2016). The plant implemented around 40 tangible activities throughout its production operations. For example, it used reusable containers in place of disposable boxes for transport packaging, and reduced losses of liquids and packaging materials during the production process. Today, the Yichang plant is one of the highest performing plants in the Group on waste management and reduction. Additionally, other plants within the Group have been inspired by these good practices at a global level.

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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.