In celebration of America Recycles Day, Conagra Brands has honored its employees who are keeping materials out of landfills through innovative recycling and waste reduction measures. Ten Conagra facilities across the United States and Canada have been awarded Zero Waste Champion status for diverting more than 95% of waste materials from landfills. In fiscal year 2021, 87% of the solid waste generated at all Conagra’s facilities was diverted to more beneficial uses through recycling, product donations to bolster food supplies at area food banks, use as animal feed, energy generation, or land applications to improve soil quality.
This year’s honorees include frozen, snacks, international, and grocery manufacturing facilities. The 2021 Zero Waste Champion facilities are:
- Brookston, Ind.
- Dresden, Ont., Canada
- Hamburg, Iowa
- Lake View, Iowa
- Mankato, Minn.
- Maple Grove, Minn.
- Menomonie, Wis.
- Oakdale, Calif.
- Saint Elmo, Ill.
- Waseca, Minn.
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Conagra began the Zero Waste Champion program more than 10 years ago to recognize facilities that have employed environmentally responsible practices to avoid waste, which helps preserve natural resources, combat pollution, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The company emphasizes a systematic and strategic approach to reduce the amount of waste its facilities generate to maximize the use of resources for the future.
“Our teams are constantly exploring new, creative ways to eliminate waste and help reduce Conagra’s climate impact,” says Ale Eboli, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at Conagra Brands. “Our Zero Waste Champion facilities serve as a model for all production facilities to follow and I commend them for their efforts.”