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Smithfield Foods Commits to New Recyclable Packaging and Plastic Reduction Goals

Increased recyclable packaging and the reduced use of virgin petroleum-based plastic will build on the company’s existing zero-waste-to-landfill sustainability initiative.

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Smithfield Foods has announced it plans to achieve 90% recyclable, reusable, or industrially compostable consumer packaging and halve the use of virgin petroleum-based plastic across its portfolio by 2030. To meet these goals, the company has established an internal cross-functional team to investigate and explore new strategic packaging and plastic-use reduction options. The team is now identifying and testing replacements for products currently packaged using polystyrene trays.

Both the new recyclable packaging and plastic reduction goals build on the company's zero-waste-to-landfill initiative, which aims to reduce overall solid waste sent to landfills by 75% by 2025 through utilizing or recycling materials once disposed of as garbage.

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