In 2018, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 72 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 2018, 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 as we work to establish a new goal.
In 2018, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 72 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 2018 of 18.2 pounds per salable ton, a 23 percent decrease from the prior-year level.
Recent Projects To Reduce Landfill Waste
Reduced Solid Waste16+tons (sent to landfills)
Creative Contract Packaging (Aurora, Ill.)
Often waste can be reduced by changing to a more efficient package size. Our Creative Contract Packaging team used this knowledge to identify a more efficient packaging size for incoming liquid ingredients. By switching from smaller nonreturnable containers to larger returnable plastic totes, they were able to reduce waste sent to landfills by more than 16 tons.
Reduced Solid Waste18+tons (sent to landfills)
Lloyd’s Barbeque Company (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Our Lloyd’s Barbeque Company team demonstrated once again that simple changes can have a big impact. The team identified a single-source recycling outlet for all common and office areas, sourced a better metal recycling vendor and identified a new outlet for recycling plastic barrels. These changes resulted in an annual reduction of more than 18 tons of solid waste sent to landfills.