Chef's Blog

May 31, 2015

Achieving Zero Waste

from Minor's

Nearly five years ago, we embarked on a journey to be more environmentally friendly and reduce our footprint. In early 2015, Minor’s became a zero-landfill facility.

The Minor’s factory provides many opportunities to boast. We produce some of the finest bases, gravies, flavor concentrates and sauces in the foodservice industry. In addition, we offer flavor solutions which are utilized by leading chefs throughout the industry. Beyond the consistency, safety and flavorful solutions - being part of the Nestlé Professional family means we also hire the top talent, have the best partners and suppliers and use top quality ingredients in our products. We do all this with integrity - working hard to sustain global and local resources, reduce our environmental footprint, and operate as a socially responsible organization.

These efforts began years ago at the Minor’s factory. For years we have partnered with our suppliers and implemented policies which help to reduce waste in all aspects of our business. From packaging to recycling, from efficient heating and cooling systems in our offices and factories to timers on lights in our buildings. As a company, we constantly monitor and improve our manufacturing processes to conserve water consumption and lower carbon emissions. We are proud to positively contribute to preserving the world where we all live and work.

In early 2015, we crossed the final hurdle and the Minor’s factory on W. 25th Street in Cleveland, Ohio become a zero-landfill facility. This was an important step to walking the talk and constantly stepping up our efforts to improve. Environmental Teams came together to identify further recycling opportunities & projects for the factory – beyond the existing, well-known solutions. These teams researched various alternatives for the materials left in the compactors after all the other waste-material was disposed. After much research, the teams determined the best way to eliminate the last part of waste left behind was to incinerate and turn that waste into energy.

This incineration process burns the trash in a high-efficiency incinerator which produces almost no pollution. The heat from the incineration process produces steam which fuels generators and produces electricity which we can actually sell back to our utility provider. While the process costs about the same amount as landfilling – our transportation costs do increase; however we aren’t contributing to landfills, which is far better for our environment and worth the increased costs.

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