smithfield’s orange city facility achieves zero-waste-to-landfill
Local Smithfield Facility Demonstrates the Environmental & Economic Benefits of Zero-Waste-to-Landfill
Recently, Smithfield classified its Orange City facility as a zero-waste-to-landfill facility. Sustainability and environmental initiatives have become increasingly popular in the business community. This classification is just one example of how prioritizing environmental protection benefits local operations.
The classification means exactly that Smithfield’s Orange City facility has not sent any waste to landfills for the past 12 months and will continue not to, among other rigorous requirements. The classification is part of a larger, companywide sustainability initiative to reduce solid waste to the landfill 10 percent by 2020. An initiative that not only provides a positive impact for Orange City, but also makes good business sense.
Aside from the clear environmental benefits of becoming a zero-waste-to-landfill facility, such classification results in tangible economic benefits. Reducing waste in turn reduces disposal costs and generates revenue from selling recyclables. In fact, Smithfield’s eight zero-waste-to-landfill facilities saved nearly $273,000 in disposal costs in 2017.
The Orange City facility is one of 11 Smithfield facilities that have accomplished the zero-waste-to-landfill classification.
“At Smithfield, we are always looking for new opportunities to improve the way we do business,” said Paul McLeod, Orange City plant manager. “Reducing our environmental impact results in worthwhile changes that benefit our environment, community, and business.”
Smithfield’s dedicated workforce at the Orange City facility used five primary waste management practices to eliminate solid waste to landfills – source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and converting waste to energy. Improvements related to these practices were implemented day to day throughout every aspect of facility operation, much like the improvements that Smithfield is implementing throughout its entire supply chain to reach its ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025.
Smithfield’s Orange City facility has been an active part of the community for many years. To learn more about Smithfield and its sustainability efforts, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.