The manufacturing unit of cookware and kitchen appliances major, Nirlep Appliances by Bajaj Electricals has received a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ certification by globally renowned quality assurance, product testing and certification agency Intertek. The brand has received this coveted certification for diversion rates exceeding 99% of waste to landfill from two manufacturing units situated at Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This is an encouraging recognition of its eco-conscious efforts and avant-garde waste management system for diverting waste by reusing, recycling, or using it for waste-to-energy (WTE) purpose, thus ensuring nearly zero waste to landfill.
Nirlep Appliances has achieved this important feat by implementing a holistic SOP for all its units in a sustained manner. The units which produce aluminium non-stick cookware, hard anodised cookware, and pressure cookers, generate various types of wastes. This waste is usually disposed of by selling it to scrap dealers, who then sell it to recyclers. The brand was already following almost 70% of requirement to reduce landfill waste, but it aimed to achieve 100% efficiency to make a sustained impact. To have an integrated approach towards environmental sustainability, the company introduced additional recycler segregation and recycling processes. The new SOP implemented includes:
- Waste identification and classification
- Waste segregation, handling and storage
- Careful selection of vendors for waste collection
- Tracking end-to-end process flow for all the waste categories
- Maintaining waste disposal data and records, and calculation for waste diversion
- Sustaining the initiative and continuous improvement by reducing the waste
As a result, the company has been able to recycle 247 tonnes of non-hazardous and hazardous waste. Around 50+ types of waste have been identified and tracked in terms of their origin and disposal. This has helped ensure a 99% diversion rate of waste from ending up in landfills, which is the highest efficiency level, and only a handful of factories can boast of this status.
Speaking about this development, Mr. Anuj Poddar, Executive Director, Bajaj Electricals and Nirlep, said, “Environment sustainability is a crucial aspect of any responsible corporate today. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and have integrated, holistic waste management as a central part of our manufacturing process. Our aim is to create a safe and healthy workplace and institute a model that others in the sector can emulate to become environmentally conscious too. The ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ certification by Intertek is definitely an encouraging milestone that has given us the impetus to amplify our efforts further.”
Zero Waste to Landfill captures the efforts towards reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. This ensures all legal compliances, also stresses the sustainability of the implementation. Intertek’s Zero Waste to Landfill Certification program is comprehensive and provides improved credibility and visibility to organisations efforts to improve environmental impact.