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Chili Giant Hormel Exceeds Sustainability Goals For 2010

Chili giant doubled amount of waste not sent to landfills last year.

Hormel Foods Corporation recently touted the results of its environmental sustainability projects for 2010, with good reason.  The company beat its own projections by 50%.

The company had set a goal of reducing its landfilled waste by 10 percent by fiscal year 2011 when compared with fiscal year 2006.  Actual results came in at 28% for fiscal year 2010.  The company also announced that it recycled 41 percent of its total generated waste in fiscal year 2010.

“We are making significant progress toward achieving the environmental sustainability goals we have outlined in our annual corporate responsibility report,” said Thomas E. Raymond, manager of environmental engineering at Hormel Foods. “This success is the result of dedicated employee efforts and capital improvement projects.”

The company has been making strides in sustainability over the last several years.  Hormel sent 7,275 fewer tons of solid waste to landfills in 2009 compared to 2008.  Hormel is aiming to reach a 50 percent recycling rate by fiscal year 2011.

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.

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2 thoughts on “Chili Giant Hormel Exceeds Sustainability Goals For 2010

  1. And just think of the natural gas that this product creates, helping us wean ourselves from fossil fuels! Seriously, big brands making this mainstream is a great and necessary step.

    Posted by greenopolisjoe | July 12, 2011, 3:02 pm

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