In 2017, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 179 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 2017, 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 sent to landfills by 3,500 tons per year, we have continued to implement projects to achieve additional reductions.
In 2017 alone, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 179 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 2017 of 23.5 pounds per salable ton, a five percent increase from the prior-year level.
Reducing Waste Sent To Landfills
Reduced Solid Waste48tons (sent to landfills)
Jennie-O Turkey Store (Melrose, Minn.)
The waste committee at this Jennie-O Turkey Store location initiated an improved communication effort around recyclability of manufacturing materials. Efforts included direct communication with the operations team and posted signage in three different languages. The team was able to reduce solid waste sent to landfills by 48 tons through these efforts.
Reduced Solid Waste120tons (sent to landfills)
Beloit (Wis.) Plant
Our Beloit Plant’s waste reduction team used Six Sigma methodology to identify areas for waste reduction. Through these efforts, the plant was able to identify additional recycling opportunities and implemented a method to remove organic waste from containers, enabling additional recycling and improved organic waste management. In total, the team was able to remove 120 tons of waste from area landfills.
Reduced Solid Waste11tons (sent to landfills)
Jennie-O Turkey Store (Willmar, Minn.)
Our Jennie-O Turkey Store team identified incoming materials as a source for waste reduction. The team moved from smaller-packed items to bulk sourcing, eliminating 11 tons of material from entering the supply chain.