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Tom's of Maine to Reach Zero Waste by 2020 | Marck Recycling

Lately there have been a number of companies, big and small, that have shown us that no matter who you are, achieving zero landfill status is possible. And another well-known manufacturer has joined the party.

IDTomsLogo_LGTom’s of Maine, the maker of eco-friendly toiletries, has announced a goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2020. In the company’s annual “Goodness Report,” Tom’s pledged to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfills from 83 kilograms per ton all the way down to zero per ton in the next five years. It may seem like a lofty goal for such a large company, but it CAN be done.

Tom’s of Maine Sustainability Goals

  • Waste: Already having reduced their landfill burden from 90 kg/ton in 2011 to under 75 kg/ton in 2014, they’re well on track to hit zero by 2020.
  • Water: Reduce the overall water consumption in their main Sanford, ME, manufacturing facility from 4.3 CuM/metric ton to 2.5 in 2020 – nearly cutting consumption in half!
  • Energy: Reduce transportation carbon emissions from 163 kgs per ton shipped to 60 kgs in 2020, and reduce manufacturing carbon emissions from 283 kgs per ton produced to 60 kgs.

How They’re Doing It

  • Waste: Tom’s has started compressing all their stretch wrap after use so it can be recycled, and has begun recycling toothpaste tubes and caps, mouthwash containers and caps, deodorant containers, and plenty of other items that weren’t previously recycled. They’re also reusing cardboard shipping totes before recycling them.
  • Water: They’ve installed a new system for cleaning manufacturing equipment – it recirculates water during the cleaning cycle to reduce overall water usage.
  • Energy: All electricity at the Sanford facility is now 100% offset by renewable energy credits from wind power. And installing sensor-controlled fluorescent lighting helped save 250,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year.

Tom’s of Maine is well on its way to achieving zero waste status, and their story should act as an inspiration to others. Contact MARCK Recycling today to get your own 360 Waste Audit and start on your path to sustainability.

May 26, 2015 | Zero Landfill