Food and beverage manufacturer Danone North America announced plans Wednesday to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill status at its manufacturing facilities in the region by 2025. 15% of the firm’s plants in North America have already earned the designation.
“As one of the world’s largest Certified B Corporations and a market leader in yogurt, plant-based, premium dairy, and coffee creamers, embracing our responsibility to support a more sustainable world is pivotal,” said Sherri Livenwood, director of environmental affairs at Danone North America, in a company release. “The Zero Waste to Landfill goal creats a bridge to our company’s existing One Planet. One Health frame of action, which includes our commitment to reducing food loss and waste in our US operations by 50% by 2030 and achieving zero net carbon emissions by 2050.”
Zero Waste to Landfill status is achieved when at least 99% of waste generated throughout the manufacturing process is diverted from landfills. Waste throughout food and beverage production, including handling, storage, processing, packaging, and distribution is reused, recycled, composted, or sent for energy recovery.
To achieve these goals, Danone North America is working with third party partners like Veolia ESS and local organizations including ShurGreen Farms, Langdon and Sons, Wasatch Resource Recovery, and EBI Montreal.
“When our plant achieved Zero Waste to Landfill in 2020, the full force of our facility and local community came together to support a culture of waste reduction and redistribution,” Elizabeth Masteller, environment health and safety manager at Danone North America’s Minster, OH plant, said in a statement. “In 2021 alone, we sent more than 2,500 tn of waste to ShurGreen Farms to be transformed into renewable energy, crop nutrition, and animal feed, while repurposing product packaging.”
About 5% of waste was diverted from Danone North America’s production facilities in 2020. When the Zero Waste to Landfill project reaches completion, 1% or less will be sent to landfills.