USA, Washington. The first US turkey processing facility has earned the Green Circle Zero Waste to Landfill certification for diverting 100% of its waste from going to landfills since January 2022.
According to a Perdue Farms press release, the turkey farm is the third Perdue facility to earn this certification. During the audit period from May 2021 to April 2022, nearly 155 million pounds were kept from landfills.
GreenCircle completed audits and assessments of all waste streams at the facility, including hazardous and non-hazardous materials, inspections of all waste receptacles, and assessment of all third-party waste management companies to confirm management methods and diversion rates. Every aspect of the operations’ waste was assessed, including the personal protective equipment worn by associates, the process used to minimise contamination of the cardboard recycling stream, and the reuse of cardboard, paper, and feathers, as a few examples.
“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.
Perdue’s Lewiston, N.C. facility became the first US poultry company to earn the Green Circle certification in 2020, and its Petaluma, Calif. operation earned the certification in 2021.
“The goal of our certification is to help companies understand the reality of their waste minimisation and zero waste programs. That information enables them to minimise waste, manage materials to reduce their environmental impact, and achieve their environmental stewardship goals,” said Michelle Bonanno, director of operations at GreenCircle.
Source: Perdue Farms