Mars Chocolate North America LLC
The City landfill has approximately 13 years of life remaining. It is estimated that as much as 80% of the landfill contents could be recycled. The Waco facility has always had a recycling program, but still shipped approximately 1100 tons per year to the landfill. In 2005, we revitalized our program. We added plastics recycling, modified the logistics of how we handled the materials and launched a campaign that engaged every associate to do their part. The response was overwhelming. We reduced our landfill waste by approximately 70% and today more than 95% of all our waste streams are either reused or recycled. As an added bonus, we found that some of our waste streams had value to other industries. These materials of value included paper, plastics, metals and cardboard.
This project reduced our waste to the landfill by more than 700 tons annually. The project included the installation of two additional vertical balers for cardboard, a drum crusher, and a dedicated recycling truck dock. The balers and crusher allowed us to prepare the materials for shipment, while the truck dock enabled us to store and ship the materials more efficiently.
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At Mars, contributing positively to our environment and local communities is critical to the way we do business. We understand that our values and practices impact where we do business and how we operate, particularly given the scope and scale of the global environmental challenges. Based on the foundation of our Five Principles - Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom - we believe that our commitment to sustainability builds on our long-standing ethical commitment to the individual and the larger community. Our fundamental belief is that the only lasting success is a shared success, and this means success across the social, economic and environmental spectrum.