In 2016 alone, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 94 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 Grocery Manufacturers Association, we support 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.
Hormel Foods has a rich history of donating food to those in need. To learn about our efforts in 2016, visit the communities 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.
To learn more about our initiatives to decrease food waste at the consumer level, please visit the products section of this report.
After surpassing our 2020 goal in 2014 to reduce solid waste to landfills by 3,500 tons per year, we have continued to implement projects to achieve additional reductions.
In 2016 alone, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 94 tons. These reductions helped offset the impacts seen with increased production and poor performance in the recycling markets, resulting in normalized total solid waste (pounds/sales tonnage) for 2016 of 21.9, a 15 percent reduction from the prior year level.
Reducing Waste Sent To Landfills
Improved Recycling Volume By40+tons per year
Our Atlanta Plant (Tucker, Ga.) team was able to extend their solid waste avoidance and recycling improvement efforts as production volumes increased. By staying focused on the separation of materials, the plant was able to improve recycling volume by over 40 tons per year.
50Tons Of Landfill Waste Saved
Our Progressive Processing (Dubuque, Iowa) team continued toward their goal of zero waste to landfills by identifying an outlet for soft-plastic waste that is no longer accepted by area recyclers. As an alternative to landfills, the team worked to qualify the material for use in an area waste-to-energy boiler. By doing this, the plant avoided sending 50 tons per year of soft-plastic waste to a landfill.