DuPont has achieved zero landfill status in its Building Innovations business by reducing, reusing and recycling manufacturing by products and waste at manufacturing sites globally. After three years of focused effort, DuPont Building Innovations has become completely landfill free, reducing its environmental footprint from 81 million pounds of landfill waste annually to zero. Now, through the “Drive to Zero” landfill program, none of the waste generated by the business from the manufacture of DuPont Corian solid surfaces, DuPont Zodiaq quartz surfaces, DuPont Tyvek weatherization systems products and geosynthetic textiles is sent to landfills.
“The Drive to Zero landfill program is good for our business, good for the environment and highly valued by our customers,” said Timothy P. McCann, president of DuPont Building Innovations. “Working with our supply chain partners to tackle the zero landfill goal was critical to the success of our business in reducing its environmental footprint. Collaborating with our business partners allowed us to succeed in reaching our ambitious project goal of zero landfill.”
“While the Middle East is one of the world’s largest energy consumers, it is also one of the biggest investors into green technologies and practices. It highly appreciates innovative and aggressive initiatives to reduce waste buildup and preserve the environment. DuPont’s zero landfill philosophy is a great fit both to the rapid development and the growing interest in sustainability concepts being witnessed throughout the region,” said Tony Azzam, Regional Business Manager DuPont Building Innovations, Middle East, Africa, Turkey & Pakistan.
By completely eliminating landfill -- not just reducing it -- DuPont Building Innovations has created a new standard for environmental stewardship. The Drive to Zero project was comprehensive in other ways, too. Manufacturing byproducts, unusable raw materials, product scrap, construction debris and even cafeteria waste were all within scope at the project’s 15 global manufacturing and partner sites.