Century Foods International of Hormel Foods reached a recycling rate of 93 percent in 2013 and achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status at all four of its plant locations last October, earning it the company’s 2013 Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best award.
Century Foods International employees combined a number of efforts to achieve these results such as: employee awareness, partnerships with buyers, vendors and local groups, and new in-plant processes.
Each year, Hormel Foods facilitates the companywide internal Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best competition, which rewards company teams that have identified areas for efficiency improvement and implemented changes.
In 2013, entries generated throughout Hormel Foods documented significant resource savings: a 154 million gallon reduction in water use, a reduction of more than 180,000 MMBtu of energy, a 7,900,000 reduction in kWh of electricity, and a reduction of more than 1,000 tons of solid waste.
Last week Diamond Packaging said it has achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill status.