USA – Danone North America has announced that it has achieved Zero Waste to Landfill” status at its Bridgeton, New Jersey manufacturing facility.

According to Danone, this means more than 40 tonnes of waste will be kept out of landfill this year alone.

To achieve this ambitious goal, Danone’s strategy involved ensuring less than 1% of non-hazardous waste is disposed to landfill, no hazardous waste is sent to landfill and less than 50% of waste is processed into a fuel source.

Also, the company prohibits incineration without energy recovery, except for hazardous waste disposal as required by law.

“When Danone North America achieved B Corp Certification in 2018, we made a public commitment that our business decisions would also be good for the planet and the people who live on it,” said Mariano Lozano, CEO of Danone North America.

“We live that commitment in the actions we take every day, and our team of over 100 colleagues in Bridgeton, New Jersey is setting a great example by bringing our goal of Zero Waste to Landfill a reality.

“I’m grateful for the dedication our team has shown so far, and I am confident they will be able to support and guide our other manufacturing facilities across North America in establishing a culture of Zero Waste so that they will also reach the same milestone.”

Danone says the first step to achieving Zero Waste to Landfill is increased production efficiency to reduce waste throughout manufacturing, office and research and innovation activities.

The kind of waste in consideration include sludge, by-products of food making, food waste, packaging waste, hazardous, and other non-hazardous waste.

The achievement was accomplished in collaboration with Veolia, a French water management, waste management and energy services company.

The firm contributes to the sustainable development of cities and industries by helping develop access to resources as well as preserving and renewing available resources.