In celebration of America Recycles Day (Nov. 15), Conagra Brands honored 10 facilities across the U.S. and Canada for keeping materials out of landfills through innovative recycling and waste reduction measures.
The facilities achieve Zero Waste Champion status for diverting more than 95 percent of waste materials from landfills. This year's honorees include frozen, snacks, international, and grocery manufacturing facilities.
In fiscal year 2021, 87% of the solid waste generated at all Conagra's facilities was diverted to more beneficial uses through recycling, product donations to bolster food supplies at area food banks, use as animal feed, energy generation, or land applications to improve soil quality.
Conagra began the Zero Waste Champion program more than 10 years ago to recognize facilities that have employed environmentally responsible practices to avoid waste, which helps preserve natural resources, combat pollution, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
"Our teams are constantly exploring new, creative ways to eliminate waste and help reduce Conagra's climate impact," said Ale Eboli, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at Conagra Brands. "Our Zero Waste Champion facilities serve as a model for all production facilities to follow and I commend them for their efforts."
The 2021 Zero Waste Champion facilities are:
- Brookston, Indiana
- Dresden, Ontario
- Hamburg, Iowa
- Lake View, Iowa
- Mankato, Minnesota
- Maple Grove, Minnesota
- Menomonie, Wisconsin
- Oakdale, California
- Saint Elmo, Illinois
- Waseca, Minnesota
About Conagra Brands
Conagra Brands, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, is one of North America's leading branded food companies. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation. The company's portfolio is evolving to satisfy people's changing food preferences. Conagra's iconic brands, such as Birds Eye, Duncan Hines, Healthy Choice, Marie Callender's, Reddi-wip, and Slim Jim, as well as emerging brands, including Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP, Duke's, Earth Balance, Gardein, and Frontera, offer choices for every occasion.