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As part of its efforts to minimize the amount of waste being sent to landfills, SGS India is working with partner organizations to reuse paper and textile samples from its laboratory facilities.

Standard laboratory practice requires that customer samples be retained for a period of time. Once this retention period has elapsed, customers often do not want to take these samples back, and they expect SGS to responsibly dispose of them. As many of these samples are of usable quality, we are keen to find secondary uses for them.

The Indian company ITC, through its Paperboards and Specialty Papers division, has been increasing awareness of reducing, reusing and recycling waste through its Wealth out of Waste (WOW) program. Launched in 2010, the program aims to promote recycling behavior among school children, households, corporate employees and the general public as well as industries and business enterprises. For the last five years, SGS India has been donating waste paper samples to ITC for recycling into notebooks that are then distributed to local orphanages and school children.

SGS India has also enjoyed a long standing relationship with Goonj, a not for profit textile recycling initiative based in New Delhi. By donating our clean textile samples from our laboratories, we are able to support Goonj’s work in distributing unused clothing to people in need. Through its network of more than 100 grassroots agencies, Goonj is able to reach people in rural areas in more than 20 states across India and help communities affected by natural disasters.

We are proud of our long associations with ITC and Goonj and are pleased to work with them to deliver value to society through the recycling and distribution of waste products from our laboratories.