Zero-waste facilities becoming a reality in North America
January 5, 2011
Companies like Proctor & Gamble and Albertsons have introduced zero-waste initiatives to eliminate waste through recycling, composting and other practices. P&G has implemented zero-waste at facilities around the world, and now the Auburn, Maine feminine care facility is their first “zero-waste to landfill” plant in North America. Waste elimination and landfill diversion are a strategic objective of the sustainability team at P&G, and they aren’t the only company that sees the benefits.
Albertsons, a major west coast grocery retailer, now has two stores in Santa Barbara, California that have reached a “zero waste” classification in their daily operations. Using recycling programs, food donation, and participation in a joint organic composting program with the City of Santa Barbara, the two grocery stores are now diverting heavily from local landfills and incinerators. Albertsons is one of a number of companies partnering with the City of Santa Barbara on one of the first citywide composting programs in the US. The city will compost close to 4,000,000 pounds of food scraps this year alone. According to the City of Santa Barbara, over 3,000 businesses in California already participate in food scrap collection programs —- and they are actively encouraging more in their town, for 3 great reasons: lower landfill costs, a safer community due to composting instead of chemical and pesticide use, and a healthier planet due to reducing man made methane emissions from landfills.