Responsibility

Waste

We continue to reduce our solid waste stream by improving efficiencies in our production operations.

This includes identifying sources of waste and decreasing waste from our processes.

We also reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by finding ways to recycle it or use it for other purposes.

During 2012:

  • We diverted approximately 84 percent of waste from landfills. 
  • We generated 159,000 metric tons of solid waste in our wholly owned production facilities in 2012, 10.7 percent less than in 2011. 
  • Our waste generation rate was 0.034 metric tons per metric ton of product, which is a decrease of 7.6 percent, on target to achieve our goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2015, compared to 2005. 

These decreases were primarily due to a focus on Continuous Improvement and loss identification, specifically ingredient overuse elimination efforts.

Waste reduction worldwide

At many of our facilities, we reuse boxes and totes instead of recycling the cardboard or sending it to a landfill.

  • At our plant in Belvidere, Illinois, for example, we reuse corrugated cardboard from supply shipments – decreasing waste by 200 metric tons annually. 
  • In the U.K., our Berwick facility stopped sending its waste to landfills in 2012. Instead, the plant now manages its waste through reuse and recycling, and diverted 328 metric tons of waste from local landfills in fiscal 2012. In addition to becoming a “zero waste to landfill” plant, the change also saves more than US$16,600 per year.
  • In the U.K., our Berwick facility stopped sending its waste to landfills in 2012. Instead, the plant now manages its waste through reuse and recycling, and diverted 328 metric tons of waste from local landfills in fiscal 2012. In addition to becoming a “zero waste to landfill” plant, the change also saves more than US$16,600 per year.
  • Our Seretram plant in Labatut, France, shares the zero-waste-to-landfill distinction. Green Giant sweet corn cans that do not meet quality specifications are crushed in a machine, which separates steel ready for recycling from corn. In 2012, we identified a partner that composts the corn for use as garden fertilizer.