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Reducing our Footprint

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For us, it’s pretty simple.  We want to ensure we are reducing our environmental footprint.  The two main areas we have focused on are packaging and waste reduction.

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Packaging:

Have you noticed our new recycling labels on our packaging?  Our goal is to help consumers better understand what to do with packaging, and to encourage greater participation in recycling programs so that packaging gets a new life.  The How2Recycle label is an initiative of GreenBlue’s Sustainability Packaging Coalition.  To find out more, provide input on the labels, and get information on how to check locally, please go to www.How2Recycle.info.  Look for the How2Recycle label on our 8 pack fridgepack!     

We’ve been working hard to reduce our packaging footprint and in the last few years we have reduced Yoplait packaging by 18% and are working on further improving our packaging to result in an additional 5-7% of packaging reduction.  In fact, 75% of Yoplait products have undergone packaging improvement in the last four years.  It is SO good to be sustainable.

 

Waste Reduction

Waterwaste

Treated process waste water from Yoplait’s Murfreesboro plant in Tennessee is being used to water a nearby golf course, reducing waste and helping out the community!  An estimated 84 million gallons of wastewater per year is diverted from the municipal sewer system to the Indian Hills Golf Course to water the grass.  Using wastewater for irrigation is viable because the plant had been pretreating its waste stream for years, and the water was among the cleanest that was returned to the city. 

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“Now, we’re actually doing something with wastewater that is a benefit, is value-added and shows a return.  It’s inspiring to give back to the community and meet so many other goals through one project”- Craig Smith, Senior Engineer at the Murfreesboro, Tenn., Plant.

Energy Reduction

Solar Panels

The panels atop Yoplait’s plant in Methuen, MA, produce 110 kilowatts of electricity to supply about 55% of its annual electricity needs- 80% of its consumption in the summer and about 40% during the rest of the year.  It’s estimated that the panels offset more than 112,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking 10 cars off the road. 

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