In 2018 we set a target for 100 percent of our manufacturing sites to be zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWTL) certified by 2030. We also committed to reducing our waste volumes 3 percent annually, indexed to sales.
We achieve our ZWTL initiatives by reuse, recycling, composting and incineration for energy generation. We use third-party verification to ensure the quality of our program. Our approach prioritizes beneficial diversion, and the process starts with source reduction — eliminating waste streams before they reach our facilities. We then engage partners to help us divert our remaining waste from landfill.
All Eaton sites must manage waste responsibly in accordance with regulations and our internal EHS Management (MESH) standards, including identifying all waste streams and creating waste minimization plans.
Indexed to sales, our waste to landfill, which includes waste incinerated without heat recovery, decreased by 8.8 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. On an absolute basis, we decreased our waste generation by 3.4 percent (from 26,402 metric tons in 2017 to 25,498 in 2018), a total decrease of 904 metric tons.