MARCH 2012

Kraft Foods wages war on waste

Kraft Foods’ employees are making steady progress reducing the amount of manufacturing waste they produce. And in doing so they’re reducing their environmental impact. Together, they’re finding better uses for waste and even turning manufacturing byproducts into new energy sources.

“We’re waging war on waste, one plant at a time,” said Christine McGrath, vice president, Global Sustainability. “Today, we have 36 facilities in 13 countries that send zero waste to landfills, and we’ve reduced our manufacturing waste by 50 percent since 2005. Our strategy is simple: generate less waste and find new uses for the waste we do produce. And our employees are doing just that.”

Employees continue to raise the bar by improving efficiency, by changing behavior, business practices and culture, and by creating new partnerships to turn waste into something of value. For Kraft Foods, manufacturing accounts for the vast majority of its solid waste output, so its plants are a natural place to take action.

In 2007, the company launched a program with the global recycling company Sonoco Recycling, using its Sonoco Sustainability Solutions (S3) service offering to substantially reduce waste in plants. The ultimate objective: send zero waste to landfills.

Today, 36 Kraft Foods facilities have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status, including 24 plants in Europe and 12 facilities in North America. Elsewhere, many plants have made significant reductions through partnerships to put waste to work.