(GRI 306-1; 306-2)
Guided by a Global Packaging and Recycling Policy, our operations around the world work to reduce, reuse or recycle the maximum amount of materials and send as little waste to landfills as possible. Opportunities for improved performance in our facilities are identified and addressed in several ways, both daily through site-specific actions and long-term through the development of new technologies for scaled implementation.
JBS environmental teams outline the appropriate procedures for collecting, transporting and disposing waste correctly in accordance with regional laws and regulations, and define best practices for reduction across our production processes. Materials that can be recycled are separated and sent to recycling companies, and where possible, we partner with composting companies to transform organic waste into compost that can be used as fertilizer in crop fields. Nonrecyclable, hazardous and harmful waste, in turn, is separated for suitable final disposal.
Global Waste Generated in Operations by Type and Disposal (MT)(GRI 306-3; 306-4; 306-5)
Proper packaging is essential to keeping our food products safe until they reach the consumer’s table, but it should not come at the expense of our environment. That is why we are continuing to explore alternative materials that offer recyclability and technologies that allow us to reduce the amount of packaging needed, while still maintaining strict product safety requirements
One of the aims of our Research and Development (R&D) teams is to reduce and optimize the use of primary packaging (in direct contact with food), and secondary and tertiary packaging, thereby diminishing the amount of waste generated by customers and consumers.
- Target 1 - Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models;
- Target 2 - 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable;
- Target 3 - 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted;
- Target 4 - 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging; and All targets to be achieved by 2025.
- Across our Richmond fresh pork sausages, we reduced the thickness of the plastic layer and reduced the bag sizes, resulting in a reduction of 36.1 MT.
- We moved our Richmond frozen sausages from a mixed laminate to mono laminate and reduced bag size, resulting in a reduction of 49 MT and increasing the recyclability of our packaging.
- Across our chilled ready meals, we introduced a pulp tray for one of our customers, removing 205 MT of virgin plastic annually.
- For another customer, we moved from 2 x virgin plastic PP trays to a single A-pet clam shell designed with recycled plastic, reducing 20 MT of plastic waste.
- At our Carrickmacross site, we have removed another 17 MT of plastic by removing all plastic tape from site.