TAKING OWNERSHIP FOR OUR CONSUMPTION
At Mars, we want to produce as little waste as possible to help create a cleaner future. We think waste is a problem for our business, people and the world in three separate, but connected, ways:
Resources are used needlessly
Greenhouse gases are emitted in producing it
Disposing of waste has environmental impacts
Imagine a production that produces a little bit of waste. That waste then partially decomposes, releasing dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Finally, the leftover waste must still be put somewhere — either buried in a landfill or burned, creating more gases. As consumption grows and waste increases, finding places to put the waste is an increasing problem.
Everyone at Mars is committed to both cutting down on the waste and disposing of the waste we do create in a sustainable way. Right now, we look at disposal in a landfill as a last resort — we even committed to sending no waste to landfill from our factories by 2015.
We’re dedicated to making our waste count, whether through recycling, incineration or energy recovery. Sometimes, eliminating waste can actually use more energy or water overall, so we carefully look for the lowest-impact solution in every unique case.
PRINCIPLES IN ACTION 2015 SPOTLIGHT: WASTE TARGET
We did it! As of December 31, 2015, not a single one of our sites globally sends waste to landfill. This great achievement is down to the enthusiasm and drive of our Associates around the world. Each site checked off was a cause for celebration and was an inspiration for the ones still working on their waste solutions. Now our next challenge is to make sure we maintain this!
2015 TARGET: SEND ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL FROM OUR DIRECT OPERATIONS
PROGRESS: ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL — ACHIEVED
REDUCING WASTE AND IMPROVING EFFICIENCY ON-SITE
- Through creative thinking, dedication and hard work, our Associates at Mars Petcare sites in Peterborough and Melton in the UK reached our zero-waste-to-landfill target well ahead of the 2015 deadline — charging ahead toward a greener future. All waste from both of the sites is reused, recycled or used as fuel on site. By separating and recycling different kinds of waste, composting food waste and using any non-recyclable waste as fuel, the Melton site alone eliminated 250 tons of landfilled waste in just two years.
- Not to be outdone, four Wrigley factories have also reached our zero waste-to-landfill goal — in Asquith, Australia; Bangalore, India; Plymouth, England, and Poznan, Poland. Their sustainable strategies varied from site to site, but the result was the same. No waste was left unaccounted for. In Poznan, for example, we found a new purpose for waste that cannot be traditionally recycled. Excess gum waste is cut and mixed with other materials and used as fuel, and leftover sweeteners are purified and used as an energy source for manufacturing. In Asquith, disposable solid waste is sent to an off-site bioreactor — the resulting methane is harnessed to generate alternative energy, which is directed back into the electricity grid.
- All of our Mars Chocolate sites in continental Europe reached our 2015 goal of zero waste to landfill three years ahead of schedule. Their success is thanks to a committed team of Associates who were supported by local management every step of the way. Instead of throwing waste materials into a single bin, Associates now take the time to sort materials into separate bins for more effective recycling. The sites have also established relationships with local recycling companies — one site even works with a network of companies that turn waste into feed for nearby livestock. Another site sends its waste to a local composting business. No matter what the strategy, all of our Associates are helping us reach a more sustainable future.
SIG CHAMPIONS DRIVE WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS FOR WRIGLEY
Wrigley Sustainable in a Generation champions are leading efforts toward our zero waste commitment. Supported by our Go Green teams, who educate our Associates on site-specific recycling and waste-management practices, many of our Wrigley sites are well on their way toward our goals.
OCTOBER CITY ACHIEVES ZERO WASTE LANDFILL
Mars Chocolate’s October City site in Cairo became the first facility outside of Europe and North America to stop sending any waste to landfill — the 12th site in the Global Chocolate Supply network to achieve this impressive sustainability landmark.
Mars Associates across the globe are working to make their office or manufacturing facility a zero-waste-to-landfill worksite.