As part of its global Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever set out to become a "zero to landfill" manufacturer in the UK as well as doubling the size of its business.
Unilever is working with waste supplier Veolia to ensure that 97% of its waste is recycled. The remaining 3% will be converted into usable energy.
As well as Unilever's manufacturing sites, the company's two strategic research and development laboratories in at Port Sunlight and Colworth Science Park, and its two major offices in Blackfriars, London, and Leatherhead, Surrey, are also included in the waste recycling efforts.
"Managing waste in a manufacturing process has similarities to managing waste as a consumer -- it requires the application of the "three R's" principle: reduce, reuse, recycle. While this announcement is all about our commitment to recycling, we are also determined to find ways to reduce and reuse the materials which we need in our factories," said Tony Dunnage, Unilever European Eco-Efficiency Manager.
Unilever has reduced its total waste in manufacturing per ton of production by 77% since 1995.