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'Colgate India' received 'TRUE Zero Waste' certification
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Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 12:51 PM
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Mumbai : 'Colgate India' has received TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification, for all its four manufacturing sites in India, from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.

'GBCI' administers TRUE Zero Waste certification, a program for businesses to assess performance in reducing waste and maximizing resource efficiency. Facilities earn TRUE certification by achieving minimum program requirements and attaining points; the program operates on a ranking system, with ‘Platinum’ being the highest certification level.

The TRUE Zero Waste certification program is meant to enable facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health. TRUE-certified spaces support sustainability and facilities that achieve the highest level of the rating system are acknowledged for minimizing their waste to landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) or to the environment. All the four manufacturing plants of Colgate India- Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), Goa, Sanand (Gujarat), and Sri City (Andhra Pradesh) have achieved Platinum, the highest level of certification. This makes Colgate India the first Indian company to receive this accreditation.

Issam Bachaalani, Managing Director, Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, said, “At Colgate India, we have been constantly practicing the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle principle across all our plants and offices. We have built dedicated teams to encourage and educate employees on minimizing waste, and to implement measures that could bring about that change. To cite one example, in 2018 alone, over 1.2 million kgs of residual wastewater solids was diverted to cement factories, to be co-processed into cement, instead of being sent to a landfill. Caring for the health and safety of our environment, people, and communities where we live and work, is an integral part of Colgate, and achieving TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification is in line with that belief.”

Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and 'GBCI', said, “Zero waste is an important part of any company’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategy. As markets continue to urbanize and industrialize, cities and businesses are faced with an increasing amount of waste that puts strains on resources and communities. Colgate-Palmolive’s dedication to pursuing TRUE certification at their four manufacturing plants in India brings us closer to becoming a zero-waste community that’s healthier for all. TRUE-certified facilities are environmentally responsible, more resource efficient and help turn waste into savings. By closing the loop, they cut greenhouse gases, manage risk, reduce litter and pollution, reinvest resources locally, create jobs and add more value for their company and community. We applaud Colgate-Palmolive for leadership in improving their performance and implementing zero waste strategies, and for helping us build a sustainable future for all.”
 
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