Perdue Farms earns GreenCircle Zero Waste to Landfill certification

It is the first US turkey plant to do so
calendar icon 5 August 2022
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Perdue Farms announced this week that its food-producing facility in Washington, Indiana has earned GreenCircle Zero Waste to Landfill certification, making it the first US turkey processing facility and third Perdue facility to earn this important third-party environmental validation.

During the audit period between May 2021-April 2022, GreenCircle validated that the Indiana operation diverted 100% of its waste from going to landfills starting in January of 2022, and kept nearly 155 million pounds from landfills during the total audit period.

GreenCircle completed extensive audits and assessments of all waste streams at the facility, including hazardous and non-hazardous materials, inspection of all waste receptacles, and assessment of all third-party waste management companies to confirm management methods and diversion rates. Every aspect of the operations' waste was assessed, including the personal protective equipment worn by associates, the process used to minimise contamination of the cardboard recycling stream, and the beneficial reuse of cardboard, paper, and feathers, as a few examples.

"The certification of our Indiana operation reflects the effort behind achieving our company's vision to be the most trusted name in food and agricultural products, and our commitment to being good stewards of our environment," said Drew Getty, vice president of environmental sustainability and government relations for Perdue Farms. "We continue working to expand our zero waste to landfill efforts to additional operations, and our progress to reduce our environmental impact in our operations represents our company's holistic approach to responsible and sustainable practices."

Perdue's Lewiston, North Carolina facility became the first U.S. poultry company to earn GreenCircle certification in 2020, and its Petaluma, California operation earned the certification in 2021.

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