Curly’s Foods, a brand of John Morrell, subsidiary of Smithfield Foods; based in Sioux City, Iowa, received the 2014 Business Leadership Award for Volume from the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). The award recognizes outstanding paper recycling programs.
Curly’s Foods initiated a recycling program to recover old corrugated containers (OCC) decades ago, as a small meat processing company. Now, years later, new employees are educated on sustainability and the importance of recycling. All employees are involved in the company’s environmental management system.
The existing program recovered the highest amount of paper for recycling of all applications in the category—recovering 1,348 tons of paper in 2013. Paper recovery saves landfill space too—an average of 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space is saved for each ton of paper recycled!
AF&PA recently announced that 63.5% of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2013. Programs like Curly’s Foods’ combined with the individual efforts of millions Americans help drive the industry closer towards its goal to exceed 70% paper recovery for recycling by 2020.
Smithfield Foods’ Sustainability Program includes many recycling-specific goals, which are supported by our subsidiaries such as Curly’s Foods. As a family of companies, Smithfield has set goals, including zero-waste-to-landfill and packaging reduction targets. To learn more about our sustainability efforts, please visit SmithfieldCommitments.com.
Read more about the award here.