General Mills has been working hard on reducing its solid waste since 2005. Their goal was to successfully reduce its waste from going to landfills by 50% by the time 2015 came around. As of 2012, they have exceeded their expectations and are up to reducing its solid waste by 40%.

Landfill_compactorThe amount of solid waste that General Mills had diverted from landfills last year was about 84%. They have concluded that the waste from food is more hazardous to the landfills than the packaging. Food waste produces methane at a higher rate than any packaging materials. Therefore, they have not only reduced their packaging waste but their food waste as well. General Mills has come up with better ways to package their food which also increase the shelf life.

Not only is General Mills exceeding its goal to reduce solid waste by 50% by the year 2015, but they have already outdone their goal in recreating their packaging to reduce waste. They exceeded their packaging goal in 2012 and have set a new goal since then.

General Mills also intends to work on the environmental impact that its packaging has on the environment, making it more environmentally friendly. They are doing so by reducing the weight and amount of materials used to package their items. This has already been done to the Yoplait yogurt containers.

With the effort put forth by such a large corporation in the food industry, they are making leaps and bounds in reducing waste in the landfills. If other companies would put forth such an effort in reducing and recycling their products’ packaging and other materials, the landfills would see a huge decrease in solid waste. Proper waste disposal and recycling are necessary if we want to reduce the waste in landfills.  

Via: Environmental Leader