H.J. Heinz Company - Corporate Social Responsibility

Reducing Solid Landfill Waste

At Heinz, every stage of our operations presents an opportunity to eliminate waste. We have been focused on finding many ways to reduce, reuse or recycle to divert solid waste from landfills.

The Company has sought beneficial uses for all waste globally through our Sustainability Process, which taps a comprehensive network of Regional Sustainability Coordinators who share best practices in resource management and recycling with our facilities.

Heinz already has surpassed our 20% goal for solid waste reduction, using 2005 as the baseline year. Our success in this area has been a direct result of our focus on best practice sharing.

Our focus on solid waste reductions has spanned from our North American operations to factories around the world.

H.J. Heinz Company Jacksonville Recycling Team

For example, our factory in Jacksonville, Florida implemented a recycling project that has diverted approximately 50% of its solid waste to recycling, the equivalent of 3.7 million pounds per year or 185 trips with the average garbage truck.

This was accomplished by separating the trash into plastics, foils and routine trash waste streams.


Heinz has achieved significant solid waste reductions elsewhere since 2005, including at these facilities:

  • Dundalk, Ireland: 92%
  • Utrecht, Netherlands: 91%
  • Kendal, UK: 89%
  • Worcester, UK: 89%
  • Ft. Myers, USA: 87%
  • Christchurch, New Zealand: 77%
  • Seclin, France: 74%
  • Guadalajara, Mexico: 72%
  • Elst, Netherlands: 72%
  • Jacksonville, USA: 66%
  • Alfaro, Spain: 65%
  • King Street, New Zealand: 61%
  • Cairo, Egypt: 60%
  • Dan Magot, Indonesia: 54%