Steps Toward Eliminating Operational Waste for a Sustainable Future
At Sealed Air, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, beginning in our operations and reaching every aspect of the company. In fact, our 2020 Sustainability Goals include a commitment to eliminate all operational waste. As a company with a global manufacturing footprint, the need to respond to global resource demands and improve efficiencies in our facilities is essential. We’re dedicated to repurpose, reuse or recycle 100 percent of waste from our operations into an economic and environmental benefit.
Our plants have made impressive progress toward waste reduction goals, decreasing the volume of waste generated by 19.6 percent since 2012. In addition, by the end of 2016, we were able to reuse or recycle over 70 percent of that waste. In fact, 21 out of 108 manufacturing facilities have already achieved our goal to divert 100% of their waste from landfills.
This zero-waste initiative has resulted in reusing scrap in our own products, recycling it into other useful products or using it for energy recovery. This multilayer plastic scrap is generated by our packaging materials either used to extend the shelf life of foods, such as Cryovac® packaging, or to prevent damage during transport such as BubbleWrap®.
Sealed Air has invested in technology to recover and reprocess these plastic materials into valuable byproducts that can be sold to consumers for use as agricultural or construction film or donated to disaster relief agencies. The method significantly improves the outcome of our zero waste initiative, converting waste into something with intrinsic value – both environmentally beneficial and socially responsible.
In the aftermath of recent natural disasters, Sealed Air was able to donate reprocessed plastic materials in the form of poly-sheeting and tarps. These products were distributed by relief agencies to affected residents who then used them to protect personal property and construct tents.
We’re proud to report the strides we’re making to create a better way for life within our operations and in the communities we serve.