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 last year, 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 donation; 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 2015, 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, 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.

2015 Progress

After surpassing our 2020 goal last year to reduce solid waste to landfills by 3,500 tons per year, we have continued to implement projects to achieve additional reductions.

In 2015 alone, our operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 1,200 tons. These reductions helped offset the impacts seen with increased production and poor performance in the recycling markets, resulting in normalized total solid waste (pounds/sales tonnage) for 2015 of 25, an 8 percent gain from the prior year level.

Recent Projects

To reduce solid waste sent to landfills:
In order to achieve a higher recycling percentage at the Osceola (Iowa) Food plant, the team identified four main areas for improvement, including reviewing current items recycled, reducing cardboard waste, eliminating the need to pay an outside service to dispose of wood chips and utilizing totes more than once. Through these initiatives, they were able to reduce solid waste sent to landfills by 78 tons in 2015.
Waste Conservation

Our Atlanta Plant (Tucker, Ga.) team worked to continue momentum on a project that had begun two years earlier. Through continuing employee education and engagement, they were able to reduce solid waste sent to the landfills by 20 tons in 2015.

Waste Reduction