NestlÚ says on track to achieve 2020 zero-waste to landfill target

Monday, November 12, 2018

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NestlÚ Jamaica says it is on track to achieve its zero waste to landfill target by 2020 at its new South Street Ferry Pen facility.

“The programme, which includes a raft of environmentally sustainable tactics geared towards reversing the facility's carbon footprint, has common ground across NestlÚ's global operations,” the company said in a news release.

It added that to date, the company has achieved zero waste to landfill from its Distribution Centre operations. This comes amidst a plan announced in the first quarter of 2018 by NestlÚ SA to move away from plastic in packaging, which has positioned the company's operations towards attaining leading-edge sustainable environmental standards.

NestlÚ explained that its pursuit to become a zero waste production facility has become entrenched in its policies and facilities. The company said that resources provided for its team members will secure a reduction in the carbon footprint inside and outside the office.

The Distribution Centre has been added to the list of sites that have achieved the global objective for all NestlÚ sites to eliminate waste to landfill by 2020.

Globally, the company announced its intention to optimise packaging material, strategically minimising resource use; increase the use of materials from sustainably managed renewable resources through support initiatives to recycle used packaging; and use recycled materials wherever there is a clear environmental benefit.

“Garbage management is one of, if not the biggest environmental issues facing Jamaica,” the release quotes Jamaica Environmental Trust CEO Suzanne Stanley. “Jamaican companies not only have a responsibility to manage their waste, “they also have the responsibility of setting a good example for others to follow.”

NestlÚ Jamaica's Safety, Health and Environment Manager Antoinette Peart pointed to the company's waste-to-landfill figures prior to the implementation of the Zero to Landfill programme.

“There has been marked improvement of approximately 70 per cent since we streamlined our efforts with the company's recycling activities,” she said, pointing out that the activities include recycle bins for glass, plastic, cardboard, paper and aluminium waste; and the recycling of wooden pallets.

“The most significant impact is really on CO2 emissions, since we make less trips from site to landfill for disposal as the different items for disposal accumulates at a slower rate, so they are collected at a lower frequency,” Peart is quoted as saying.

The company also sends unused goods to farmers who are trained by NestlÚ to properly reuse them as animal feed.

In addition, the company said it has distributed to all it's employees reusable coffee cups, water bottles, and tote bags for use in the on-property staff shop. It has also reinforced these tactics with employee training on NestlÚ's Environmental Sustainability Policy.

“This policy has restricted the use of styrofoam packaging products on property and introduced ceramic plates, silverware and acrylic glasses for use at all meal times,” the company said, adding that the programme has been favourably received by staff.

Legal and Compliance Manager Rhona Morgan described as “commendable” the measures implemented by NestlÚ to reduce the possible negative impact its operations could have on the environment.

“There are obvious investments being placed behind the conversation about sustainability that is rare in the wider business landscape,” she said.


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