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Sunny Delight, Diageo Plants Reduce Waste Sent to Landfill Status

Bottling plants for Sunny Delight and Diageo have both accomplished goals relating to reducing waste sent to landfills.

For Sunny Delight, all six of its manufacturing sites have reached their goal of sending zero waste to landfills at least three years ahead of time. The goal had been to cease sending waste to landfills by 2013, according to a press release.

The goal was achieved by the company’s plants in Anaheim, Calif.; Littleton, Mass.; and Mataro, Spain, in 2009. Its South Brunswick, N.J.; Atlanta, Ga., and Sherman, Texas, sites achieved the goal this year.

Sunny Delight says the effort means that 1,140 fewer tons of waste will be going to landfills in the communities where these plants operate.

Diageo, meanwhile, has instituted a new process at its Menlo Park, Calif., bottling plant that moves it closer to zero landfill status.

The plant is separating filter pads, used in filtering beverages, into a composting process, according to a press release.

Diageo said this represents about half of the waste that formerly was sent to landfills.

Diageo also is installing energy efficient lighting fixtures at that plant, as well as a bottling and packaging facility in Relay, Md.

In Relay, efforts to replace fluorescent lighting, and to repair a steam delivery system, should help deliver a combined carbon reduction of 489 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

At the plant, Diageo is phasing out gasoline-powered vehicles in favor of smaller, all-weather electric utility trucks. The new vehicles should help reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by 10 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

Finally, the plant’s boiler is being modernized, which should translate to a savings of 173 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

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3 thoughts on “Sunny Delight, Diageo Plants Reduce Waste Sent to Landfill Status

  1. Zero waste of process? Humans make waste that cannot be diverted.
    But what about the bottles? How can they claim zero waste to landfill when the primary product produces waste throughout North Amercia in the form of plastic bottles.

  2. I’m concerned about this use of the term ‘zero waste’.

    I’m encouraged that Sunny Delight and Diageo are working towards sustainability, has staff working on it and others becoming engaged, that targets are set and that a sustainability report has been created.

    The article repeatedly uses the term, “zero waste to landfill”. Zero Waste as defined by the Zero Waste International Alliance means no waste is landfilled OR BURNED in an incinerator. Many companies are beginning to use the term ‘zero waste to landfill’ as a greenwashing of their continued wasteful practices while they burn their waste (which can be more environmentally harmful than if it were landfilled).

    There was no further description of what Zero Waste to Landfill means for this company in the sustainability report (no details on composting, recycling, and if waste was burned or landfilled).

    I’m pointing this out so that you and your readers are aware of it and so that people in the business world who do genuinely care about reducing waste can use the language correctly. That way, when they get closer to zero waste, they will get the kudos they deserve instead of having people wondering whether it is simply spin.

  3. The purpose of zero-waste targets is to reduce costs. Less waste means more efficient processes. Waste-to-energy is almost always a more expensive way to dispose of waste than sending it to a conventional landfill. If a company uses WTE it is because all other recycling avenues have been eliminated from possibility and WTE provides a benefit from material that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.

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