13 Feb '12, 4pm

Hershey Achieves Zero Waste at 4 Facilities

Hershey Achieves Zero Waste at 4 Facilities

The Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction also attained zero waste status in 2010. The site is a visitors' center, rather than a plant, but has several features whose waste is diverted from landfills. There's a restaurant, a store, and an area where visitors can order up and help make customized candy bars. The zero-waste strategy at the three plants has prevented more than 1 million tons of material from going to landfills, company spokesman Jeff Beckman told me. Ninety percent of the waste from plant operations is recycled, he said. The rest is food waste, which is taken to nearby waste-to-energy incinerators to produce power. The company has exceeded its first zero-waste goal, which was laid out in Hershey's 2009 sustainability report: Achieve zero-waste-to-landfill at at least one manufacturing plant by 2012. "We're not stopping there," Beckman said. The company, which ...

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