Perdue Farms revealed a major sustainability accomplishment as it has earned a GreenCircle Zero Waste to Landfill certification for its Washington, Indiana, plant, making it the allegedly first U.S. turkey processing facility and third Perdue facility to earn this important third-party environmental validation.
“The certification of our Indiana operation reflects the effort behind achieving our company’s vision to be the most trusted name in food and agricultural products, and our commitment to being good stewards of our environment,” said Drew Getty, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability and Government Relations for Perdue Farms. “We continue working to expand our zero waste to landfill efforts to additional operations, and our progress to reduce our environmental impact in our operations represents our company’s holistic approach to responsible and sustainable practices.”
GreenCircle completed extensive audits and assessments of all waste streams at the facility, including hazardous and non-hazardous materials, inspection of all waste receptacles, and assessment of all third-party waste management companies to confirm management methods and diversion rates. During the audit period between May 2021–April 2022, GreenCircle validated that the Indiana operation diverted 100 percent of its waste from going to landfills starting in January 2022, and kept nearly 155 million pounds from landfills during the total audit period.
“This achievement required an enormous collective effort from our team here, and we are tremendously proud to contribute to the company's overall goals to reduce our environmental impact,” said Brandon Bottorff, Director of Operations at Perdue’s Washington facility. “The GreenCircle team’s expertise helped us solidify best practices and processes for achieving our goals as well as continuous improvement.”
Every aspect of the operations’ waste was assessed, including the personal protective equipment worn by associates; the process used to minimize contamination of the cardboard recycling stream; and the beneficial reuse of cardboard, paper, and feathers, as a few examples noted the release.
Perdue’s Lewiston, North Carolina, facility became one of the first U.S. poultry companies to earn GreenCircle certification in 2020, and its Petaluma, California, operation earned the certification in 2021.
In 2018, Perdue Farms established aggressive five-year environmental sustainability goals, including improving its solid waste diversion from landfills by 90 percent by 2023. Today, the company has diverted more than 94 percent of solid waste from landfills, as shared in Perdue’s FY22 Stewardship Report.
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