Reduce Waste – Sustainability | Mars, Incorporated
waste reduction

REDUCING WASTE BY TAKING OWNERSHIP

At Mars, we want to produce as little waste as possible to help create a cleaner future. 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 the wasted materials
  • Disposing of waste has environmental impacts

Imagine a manufacturing process that produces a little bit of waste. Depending on where that waste goes, it can have a big impact on the environment. Waste can be repurposed — like in the case of composting or recycling. Or it can be disposed in a way which adds no value back to the environment—or even causes harm. In the case of landfill, the waste partially decomposes, releasing dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. As consumption grows and waste increases, finding places to put the waste is an increasing problem. That’s why our first goal is always to reduce waste at the source — and when that’s not possible, look for disposal routes which increase recovery and reduce environmental harm.

SUSTAINABLE IN A GENERATION PLAN

Approach to Waste

Everyone at Mars is focused on both cutting down on waste and disposing of the waste we do create in a sustainable way. When waste is unavoidable, we’re dedicated to disposing of it consciously — whether through recycling, repurposing as animal feed, composting or recovering energy from the waste.

Waste Target: Zero Waste to Landfill

By the end of 2015, we achieved our goal of sending zero waste to landfill from direct manufacturing. We’re working hard to maintain that achievement, even as the regulatory environment and available recycling routes for waste shift globally. If we do encounter challenges to maintaining zero landfill, we look to mitigate them as quickly as possible, and we learn from those challenges.

We’re proud to say we maintained zero waste to landfill commitment, except for a small amount of factory waste (less than a fraction of a percent of our total waste volume), due to a vendor unexpectedly going out of business. We’ve learned from the experience and have identified new waste vendors along with back-ups to mitigate this issue.

  • Ongoing Target:

    SEND ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILLS FROM OUR DIRECT OPERATIONS


    Progress:

    ZERO KILOTONS WASTE TO LANDFILL — MAINTAINING



REDUCING FOOD WASTE AT MARS

As a global manufacturer of food products, we know that food waste is a big contributor to global emissions. Because of that, we’re committed to reducing food waste in our direct operations and in our value chain, in line with the principles and goals of Champions 12.3 and the Consumer Goods Forum Food Waste Commitment.

Because of our zero landfill goal, we’ve already made great strides in reducing food waste from our operations. We have agreed with CGF that, to make the most impactful improvements, we’ll focus food waste reduction efforts in other parts of our value chain — such as upstream post-harvest losses and downstream logistics. We are also applying the Food Loss & Waste Standard to contribute to better waste measurement across the industry.


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.