Now that PepsiCo’s largest plant in the UK has reduced its landfill-bound waste to zero, the company can boast seven plants that are not sending waste to landfills.
The Walkers factory in Leicester, which makes potato chips and other snacks, reduced its landfill-bound waste from 32.3 tons a month at the beginning of 2008 to zero now, according to a press release.
To achieve its goal, the plant appointed four waste marshalls. These individuals ensure that waste is properly separated and stored, and that all employees know about the need to separate and recycle.
By the end of 2008, the plant was sending about 6 tons of waste to the landfill a month.
Over the course of 2009, the company was able to reduce the amount to zero.
By reducing its landfill waste, the company says it is reducing its overall environmental impact on surface water, ground, soil and air pollution.
PepsiCo UK has long taken its environmental impact seriously, including calculating the carbon footprint of each bag of its signature Walkers Crisps.
On Jan. 13, the company hosted a roundtable event with Ethical Corporation on water stewardship. Read the report here (PDF).