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Heinz Reduces Waste by Nearly 50% in Six Years

Allan Gerlat

November 17, 2011

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Heinz Reduces Waste by Nearly 50% in Six Years

H.J. Heinz Co. has cut its solid waste generation by nearly 50 percent in the past six years, the company said in its sustainability report.

The Pittsburgh-based food retailer said since 2005 it has reduced globally its solid waste per 100 metric tons of production by 45.6 percent.

In 2011 Heinz formed a partnership with Coca-Cola Co. allowing Heinz to produce fully recyclable ketchup bottles using Coke’s PlantBottle technology. With PlantBottle packaging as much as 30 percent of the material comes from a renewable source, plants.

Solid waste projects under way for Heinz include a reduction in packaging, the company said in a news release.

"Heinz is on track to achieve or surpass our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, solid landfill waste, energy consumption and water consumption by at least 20 percent each by fiscal year 2015,” said William R. Johnson, Heinz chairman, president and chief executive officer.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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