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Pillsbury Zero Waste and What it Means | Marck Recycling

Fresh cresent rollsLately on this blog, we’ve been recognizing different companies for their zero waste goals and examining how they get there. Businesses like Mars Chocolate, Tom’s of Maine, and Comfort Research have proven no matter your size, zero waste is a real, attainable goal that can save you money.

Well, another national company has set a zero waste goal: Pillsbury. The Minnesota-based baking foods company has been quietly working toward the milestone, and they’re pretty close to achieving it.

Pillsbury at a Glance

Incorporated: 1869 as the Pillsbury Flour Mills Company

Employees: 18,000

Sales: 5.6 billion

Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN

Parent Company: General Mills

Pillsbury’s Zero Waste Journey

  • Currently, Pillsbury’s Eden Prairie, MN, facility diverts over 96% of waste generated to sustainable means, and the Chanhassen, MN, plant diverts 94%.
  • In 1999, all of Pillsbury’s manufacturing facilities recycled or reused 83% of all waste. This includes enough paper and cardboard to save 200,000 trees, 82 million gallons over water, and over 48 million kWh of electricity. These numbers have grown in the years since.
  • Pillsbury has established an Environmental Affairs program to make it a priority to eliminate harmful emissions into the air, water, and on land.
  • Pillsbury’s goal is to improve waste efficiency by 10% each year.
  • The company estimates it saves over $500,000 per year through these measures.

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