Beech Island, South Carolina
In 2009, the Beech Island, South Carolina, mill found opportunities to reuse residual short fiber or "sludge," which comprises almost 50 percent of the solid waste generated at the mill.
Our Millicent, Australia, mill formed a Green Team with an ambitious plan to reduce the mill's landfill waste to zero. The team is looking at identifying waste streams that still go to landfill and classifying what can be concentrated, collected and potentially recycled or used as a secondary material.
The Green Team's objective is to drive toward zero waste in landfill by using sound diversion and recycling strategies involving employees, suppliers and contractors.
Kimberly-Clark has joined forces with TerraCycle, a leading upcycling firm that helps convert the vivid plastic packaging from our Scott products and our Huggies diapers into a resource for a new generation of products. Our relationship with TerraCycle makes it easier for consumers to participate in recycling efforts while earning contributions to important causes in their communities.
Our Scott and Huggies brands are now reward partners of the RecycleBank program, which allows members to earn points by participating in curbside recycling and by recycling e-waste. In some communities, households earn rewards based on the amount their entire community recycles. Many consumers redeem RecycleBank points for coupons to use at retailers for K-C products and other valuable rewards.
Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow
In 2009, Kimberly-Clark Professional launched Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow to reflect its commitment to reduce environmental impact at every stage of a product's lifecycle from the procurement of raw materials to the product's use and ultimate disposal for a more powerful, far-reaching effect than simply recycling.