Recycling programs in our facilities enable us to reuse and recycle waste materials whenever possible. Important secondary effects of our recycling programs are the various livelihood programs established in underprivileged communities. Our employees play an important part in contributing to these efforts and participate in recycling programs such as helping to create animal feed from organic farm wastes, eliminating disposable foam coffee cups in favor of ceramic ones as well as paper recycling.
Recycling of Plastic Wastes Into Plastic Pellets for the Production of Corner Posts
Plastic mulch, banana bags and twine wastes from our farms in Costa Rica, Guatemala and the Philippines are collected and recycled into plastic pellets and then converted into plastic corner posts.
Solid Waste Reduction Initiatives
During 2012 in the Cameroon banana plantations, 75% of the total plastic ribbons used to tie banana tree bags were reused four times in an effort to minimize the input of materials and wastes. In addition, approximately 54 metric tons of plastic wastes were collected and sent to third party recyclers.
In Brazil, recyclable wastes including metal scraps, plastics, cardboard, worn out hoses and tires, wood and car batteries are collected and sent to specialized third party recyclers.
At our melon farms in Arizona, the plastic mulch is utilized four times before it must be replaced.
Recycling programs for wax boards, plastic straps, corner posts, pallets and other recyclable materials are implemented at the Dallas, Denver, Portland, Sanger and Kankakee facilities in North America.
Empty fertilizer sacks are reused at pineapple and banana farms in the Philippines and corner posts and pallets are collected and reused. Other recyclable materials such as cardboard wastes are sold to recyclers as well.
In Costa Rica, in addition to farming related recycling efforts, various other items are recycled including office wastes, used oil, paper and plastic.
Recycling of Corrugated Packaging at Fresh Cut Operations and Distribution Centers
At the fresh cut operations and distribution centers in North America, Japan and Dubai, cardboard wastes are collected, compacted and sold to third party recyclers. Approximately 15,000 tons of old corrugated containers are recycled each year at our North American facilities.
Composting of Organic Production Wastes
Organic wastes from our pineapple production sites in Kenya, Costa Rica and the Philippines are composted in the field and incorporated back into the soil. This process enhances the soil quality and reduces wastes.
Use of Organic Production Wastes
Organic wastes generated by our fresh cut operations in Dubai, Japan and numerous operations in North America are given to farmers as animal feed. Our facility in Japan recycles approximately 3.6 mm lb. of organic wastes per year. In our North American facilities, we give approximately 100 mm lb. of organic wastes to farmers per year.
Organic wastes at our Dallas fresh cut operation and distribution center are composted and processed into mulch.
Use of Banana Wastes as Animal Feed
Banana wastes at our production sites in the Philippines are donated to farmers for the production of animal feed.
Use of Pineapple Wastes as Animal Feed
Pineapple wastes in Kenya and Costa Rica are donated to farmers and recycled as animal feed. In Kenya, approximately 30,000 tons are donated monthly to the farmers. Costa Rican wastes are donated to ranchers at two tons per day with approximately 33,000 tons given since the start of the project in 2007.
Recycling of Empty Drums as Garbage Bins
In Costa Rica, cleaned empty drums are recycled into garbage bins and donated to the community. The drums donated to schools help to protect the environment and raise solid waste management awareness.
In the Philippines, cleaned empty drums are recycled into garbage bins and donated to the local government in support of their Solid Waste Management Program.
Going Green Project
We launched the “Going Green” project in 2008, encouraging all employees to recycle. Initiated at the North American headquarters, employees were given personal coffee cups, plastic cups and recyclable grocery bags. Similarly, in Korea, personal ceramic cups are used instead of Styrofoam cups. Disposable paper cups are also being reused using paper cup holders.
Our canning facility in Greece uses peach and apricot seeds to replace approximately 35% of the fuel oil needed to produce steam. This biofuel saves approximately 587,000 kg of fuel oil per year.