Our Carando facility in Springfield, Mass., tackled a challenging question—is it possible to operate efficiently without sending waste to landfill? On July 9, 2014, they were officially recognized for doing just that—they officially achieved zero waste to landfill status. Congrats team!
At Smithfield Foods, we’ve set a corporate goal that each of our subsidiaries have at least one zero waste to landfill facility by the end of 2018. Learn more about that commitment here. The effort towards this goal at the Carando facility began in February of 2013 when Denis Punch, who works in the human resources department at the facility, spearheaded the project with the help of USA Hauling and Recycling. By collaborating with Chris Roscio and Mark Murren of USA Hauling and Recycling, an action plan was created that included numerous process revisions and a focus on composting and recycling (including standard recycling, wood, cardboard, plastics, metal and aluminum recycling).