Ah, the fruits of green.
Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT) says it has cut net waste from its manufacturing plants by 42% overall from 2005 levels (measured in kg of waste per ton of production).
Here are 5 of the initiatives behind the success:
• Kraft cheese plants in New York offset about 30% of their natural gas needs by turning whey waste from cheese making into fuel via anaerobic digesters.
• Employees at the Allentown (Pa.) plant reached their zero-waste goal in 2010 through recycling, reuse and raised awareness.
• The Columbia (Mo.) plant diverts 1,600 tons of waste each year from landfills to the city’s composting program, which turns it into compost for local residents’ landscaping needs.
• The New Ulm (Mo.) plant has slashed its waste by 40% over the past four years.
• The Suffolk (Va.) plant has reduced waste to landfills by more than 50% since 2006 and is now zero-waste since the remaining solid waste is sent to a local waste-to-energy generator.
More on Kraft’s sustainability campaign here.