Berlin Packaging

At a Glance


Industrial Goods and Manufacturing

Project Types

Zero Emission Vehicles, Freight and Logistics, Goals/Targets




Chicago, IL


Nicolás Vial developed a Zero-Waste plan for all Berlin Packaging facilities.


In the context of implementing a variety of sustainability initiatives, increasing regulatory pressure in waste management processes, and rising interest from customers in this topic, Berlin Packaging enlisted Nicolás Vial to develop a baseline and a waste management plan for the company.


Nicolás approached the challenge using a three phases methodology:

  • Build a baseline and benchmarking processes: Vial developed and conducted a field study with Berlin facilities to gather data on current waste management practices. He also completed a benchmark to compare Berlin KPI’s and practices with the best practices of the industry. This phase included visiting five Berlin facilities across the US to develop an in-depth understanding of the results of the study.
  • Develop a waste management plan: Based on the insights gathered in Phase one and the strategic definitions from the senior leadership team, Nicolás developed a Zero-Waste plan, with step-by-step instructions, plus the supporting tools to get to Zero-Waste.
  • Create an implementation plan: Considering the current state of waste management at Berlin’s facilities, Vial proposed an implementation plan to reach the Zero-Waste goal.

Potential Impact

By following the step-by-step plan and using the supporting tools developed by Nicolás, Berlin will reach zero-waste to landfill in all its facilities in less than three years. This status will help Berlin strengthen its position in the market, go one step further in its sustainability commitment, and anticipate possible regulatory changes.

Related Links