War on waste at Purina pet foods factory

Country: United States

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Apr 24, 2016, updated April 2016

James Julien is a packaging materials handler at our Purina Pet Foods factory in Oklahoma City

James Julien is fighting a war on waste. He’s a packaging materials handler at our Purina pet foods factory in Oklahoma City. James and the recycling action team are always looking for new ways to help the environment by recycling and reusing packing.

Our Oklahoma City packing room now has eight separate recycling streams that sort plastics, paper, wood, and food waste. The factory started focusing on food waste in 2010, and has reduced overall waste sent to landfill by 35% since 2012. Over the last decade, we’ve reduced the waste for disposal in our factories worldwide by 62% through recycling, composting and energy recovery.

But we know there’s more to do. As part of our Nestlé in society commitments, we’re working towards zero waste for disposal in our sites by 2020.

We’re proud of our industry-leading position in the ‘environmental dimension’ of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Series, scoring 99 out of 100. And we’re determined to keep it.

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