The Hershey Company announced two more of its plants have achieved Zero-Waste-to-Landfill (ZWL) status. The company now has six U.S. plants that no longer dispose routine waste into landfills. With the addition of the Y&S Plant in Lancaster, Pa., and the Robinson Plant in Robinson, Ill., The Hershey Company has exceeded its goal to convert five plants to ZWL by 2015 well ahead of schedule.
“This achievement reflects Hershey’s unwavering commitment to reduce our environmental impact while continuing to manufacture the highest quality confections,” said Terence O’Day, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, The Hershey Company. “Converting plants to ZWL is challenging, but our plant employees have shown how deeply dedicated they are to environmental stewardship. They have worked extremely hard to reach this important milestone.”
To achieve ZWL status, Hershey’s manufacturing facilities have both reduced their overall waste streams and increased recycling rates to approximately 90 percent. All remaining waste is sent to nearby waste-to-energy incinerators, eliminating the need for landfill disposal. These incinerators produce energy, which also reduces overall reliance on fossil fuels.
Hershey now has eight facilities that have achieved ZWL status:
- Hazleton Plant (Hazleton, Pa.)
- Reese Plant (Hershey, Pa.)
- West Hershey Plant (Hershey, Pa.)
- Y&S Plant (Lancaster, Pa.)
- Robinson Plant (Robinson, Ill.)
- Stuarts Draft (Stuarts Draft, Va.)
- Hershey’s Chocolate World (Hershey, Pa.)
- Eastern Distribution Center III (Palmyra, Pa.)