Mars Chocolate North America has announced that all ten of its manufacturing facilities are now certified landfill-free, representing a significant milestone in achieving Mars’ goal of zero-waste-to-landfill by 2015.
Since establishing its waste target in 2007, Mars Chocolate North America has driven an overall reduction of approximately 4,500 Tonnes of waste each year – that is enough refuse to fill 35 football fields, 12 inches deep, annually.
To achieve this goal, the organisation has taken a comprehensive approach focused on three key areas: efficient operating processes, recycling programs for multiple waste streams, and mutually beneficial partnerships with disposal vendors and local farm re-use programmes.
Achieving landfill-free certification is one of several 2015 global goals outlined in the Mars Principles in Action Summary, published in July on mars.com.
The fourth annual report details the company’s approach to business and its commitment to put the Mars Five Principles into action.
Mike Wittman, Mars – “We are proud to have earned zero-waste-to-landfill certification, another important achievement in driving sustainability across all of our facilities and continuing to sweeten the world in which we live and work”
This includes a target for the private, family-owned business to eliminate all fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from its direct operations by 2040.
“At Mars we are constantly focused on bettering the local communities in which we operate,” said Mike Wittman, vice president, supply chain, Mars Chocolate North America.
“We are proud to have earned zero-waste-to-landfill certification, another important achievement in driving sustainability across all of our facilities and continuing to sweeten the world in which we live and work.”
Since 2011, Mars, Incorporated has aimed to achieve LEED Gold certification for all new major buildings globally, and, to date, ten facilities have received certification. In May, Mars announced the creation of a 200-megawatt wind farm that will generate electricity equivalent to 100 percent of the power for Mars’ U.S. operations, which is comprised of 70 sites, including 37 factories and 25,000 associates.
Next, Mars plans to partner with warehouses and regional distribution centers to adopt similar waste reduction policies.
Mars Petcare announced at the end of 2014 that its manufacturing facility in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia, reached zero waste to landfill.
“In 2007, we were sending about 4,600 tonnes a year, or two truckloads of waste per day, to landfill,” it said. “From that point, we gradually reduced to 400 tonnes under the leadership of Mars associates who took on the mantra of ‘Every Action Counts’.”
Mars Petcare manufactures pet food brands Pedigree, Wiskas, Sheba and Cesar, among others.