Reduce Waste – Sustainability | Mars, Incorporated
Waste Reduction

REDUCE WASTE

TAKING OWNERSHIP FOR OUR CONSUMPTION

At Mars, we want to produce as little waste as possible to help create a cleaner future. We think waste is a problem for our business, people and the world in three separate, but connected, ways:

  • Resources are used needlessly
  • Greenhouse gases are emitted in producing it
  • Disposing of waste has environmental impacts

Imagine a manufacturing process that produces a little bit of waste. That waste then partially decomposes, releasing dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Finally, the leftover waste must still be put somewhere — either buried in a landfill or burned, creating more gases. As consumption grows and waste increases, finding places to put the waste is an increasing problem.

Waste

Everyone at Mars is committed to both cutting down on the waste and disposing of the waste we do create in a sustainable way. Right now, we look at disposal in a landfill as a last resort — we even committed to sending no waste to landfill from our factories.

We’re dedicated to making our waste count, whether through recycling, incineration or energy recovery. Sometimes, eliminating waste can actually use more energy or water overall, so we carefully look for the lowest-impact solution in every unique case.

PRINCIPLES IN ACTION 2016 SPOTLIGHT: WASTE TARGET

By the end of 2015, we achieved our goal of sending zero waste to landfill. This year, our challenge was to maintain our goal. Due to extenuating circumstances, two sites had to send waste to landfill in three periods during 2016. In one instance, heavy rain and high temperatures led to some of our cardboard waste being contaminated with fruit flies, meaning it was no longer suitable for recycling. The total amount of waste sent to landfill was 23 tons, amounting to 0.02% of the waste sent to landfill in 2007 before our zero waste to landfill program started.

ONGOING TARGET: SEND ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL FROM OUR DIRECT OPERATIONS
PROGRESS: ZERO KILOTONS WASTE TO LANDFILL - MAINTAINING

SIG CHAMPIONS DRIVE WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS FOR WRIGLEY

Wrigley Sustainable in a Generation champions are leading efforts toward our zero waste commitment. Supported by our Go Green teams, who educate our Associates on site-specific recycling and waste-management practices, many of our Wrigley sites are well on their way toward our goals.

OCTOBER CITY ACHIEVES ZERO WASTE LANDFILL

Mars Chocolate’s October City site in Cairo became the first facility outside of Europe and North America to stop sending any waste to landfill — the 12th site in the Global Chocolate Supply network to achieve this impressive sustainability landmark.


Mars Associates across the globe are working to maintain their office or manufacturing facility a zero-waste-to-landfill worksite.