Lead with Zero Waste Facilities

Waste Management

Colgate-Palmolive (India) recognizes waste management as a crucial issue in India alongside its water management efforts. The rising population and changing consumer habits have led to a surge in waste generation, including packaging materials and product residues.

As an FMCG company, Colgate-Palmolive (India) acknowledges its role in waste generation and the environmental impact it has. To combat this issue, the company strives for zero waste to landfill in all its operations through measures such as resource optimization and sustainable packaging materials.

Most of the waste generated by CPIL comes from manufacturing activities and discarded consumer packages. Waste generation can result from product or raw material contamination, machine defects, quality issues, and other factors during the manufacturing process.

To optimize resources, all our manufacturing facilities in India are TRUE® certified to the Platinum level** certified sites. Additionally, we have implemented an effective waste monitoring system to track waste generation, sources, and disposal mechanisms, identifying areas for potential waste reduction. By keeping meticulous records and manifests at each site, we can analyze trends and implement measures to reduce our waste footprint. Colgate-Palmolive (India)’s efforts contribute to responsible waste management and a sustainable future.



industrial sites are TRUE® certified for Zero Waste

**TRUE: Total Resource Use and Efficiency
USGBCI: US - Green Building Council

Waste Generation

During the FY 2022-23, we generated a total of approximately 4348 metric tons of waste, comprising hazardous, non-hazardous, and electronic waste. Our approach to waste management involves identifying the source of waste, and we accomplish this by categorizing and segregating waste materials by type and nature at our facilities. The composition of the waste generated is depicted in the graph below.

Composition of Waste for FY 2022-23

There has been a 4.06% increase in waste generation within the Company compared to FY 2021-22, primarily due to a change in the reporting boundary. However, we remain committed to reducing our waste footprint and have implemented various measures to achieve this goal.

Table presents the categories of waste generation over the past three years, and we will continue to monitor and improve our waste management practices to reduce our environmental impact. The increase in plastic waste and bio-medical waste, is attributed to the changes in waste categorization as per the local rules and regulations. Our manufacturing facility at Sanand underwent changing of lighting which contributed to 74% of the total e-waste generated in FY 2022-2023. We also observed an increase in ETP sludge due to the periodic maintenance of ETP at our manufacturing facility located in Baddi.

Waste generation by category

(in MT)

Waste diverted from disposal

We prioritize waste segregation at the source as a crucial step towards increasing recycling and reusing rates. We believe in the importance of responsible waste management. Listed here is the detailed breakdown of each type of waste that was successfully diverted from disposal.

Hazardous waste diverted (in MT)

E-waste diverted (in MT)

Non-hazardous waste diverted (in MT)

Note: The waste cream generated at the Sanand facility is disposed as hazardous waste in accordance with the Consent to Operate, unlike the waste cream generated at Baddi and Goa.

Our dedication to this process has led to successful diversion of

4,334.96 MT

of waste, with 92.3% being recycled and 7.3% being reused

Waste directed to disposal

We focus on recycling and reusing the waste generated at our facilities. In FY 2022-23, we successfully recycled a significant amount of waste, and disposed only a small fraction of it.

Table depicts the trend in our waste disposal over the past few years.

Hazardous waste directed to disposal (in MT)

Non-hazardous waste directed to disposal (in MT)

We only disposed


of our overall waste, which included both hazardous and non-hazardous elements

We remain committed to reducing our waste footprint and have implemented various measures to achieve this goal.