In 2020, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 38 tons.
Reducing our solid-waste generation across our operations continues to be an important environmental topic that we work to address. After surpassing our 2020 goal in 2014, we continued to implement projects to achieve additional reductions.
As a member of the Consumer Brands Association, we have supported the Food Waste Reduction Alliance’s efforts to:
- Reduce food waste by half by 2020, based on 2016 levels;
- Increase the amount of food donations; and
- Recycle unavoidable food waste by diverting it from landfills.
In addition, in 2020 we joined the 10x20x30 food waste initiative that brings together some of the world’s largest food retailers and suppliers to halve food loss and waste by 2030. This effort supports and takes a holistic approach to waste reduction and fighting food loss. We will provide progress updates on our food waste reduction efforts and this initiative in future corporate responsibility reports.
Hormel Foods has a rich history of donating food to those in need. To learn about our efforts in 2020, visit the community section of this report.
We make every effort to divert food waste to the most beneficial end use possible. Depending on the nature of the food waste and the location of the generation, our food waste can be used as animal feed, as feedstock for anaerobic digestion, as a composting substrate or as a synthetic nutrient substitute.
After surpassing our 2020 goal in 2014 to reduce solid waste sent to landfills by 3,500 tons per year, we have continued to implement projects to achieve additional reductions.
In 2020, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 38 tons. These reductions helped offset the impacts from challenges in the recycling and alternative disposal markets, resulting in normalized total solid waste (pounds/sales tonnage) for 2020 of 26.1 pounds per salable ton, a 15 percent increase from the prior-year level.
|Sent to landfill||25,700|
|Waste to energy||2,500|