Sao Paulo, December 17, 2018 – JBS, the world’s largest protein processor, is also one of Brazil’s biggest plastic recyclers. It recycles 6.4 thousand tons of plastic each year.
As a comparison, this is equivalent to 1.07 billion supermarket bags, or approximately 376.5 million 30-liter trash bags.
JBS Ambiental has implemented a closed cycle for plastics that innovates at each of the three stages in this process. First, virgin resin is purchased to make food bags for JBS Carnes.
When it is disposed of, the packaging is returned to JBS Ambiental and is converted into covers for the pallets used by JBS Couros. Once the covers have been used, they are sent back to JBS Ambiental and converted into trash bags which are then distributed to every JBS plant in Brazil. The secret to its success is to keep the plastic in the company’s production chain as long as possible
“Our main goal is to keep the plastic in the company’s production chain for as long as possible, adding value to the resulting products, resources and materials, which reduces waste and provides overall sustainability gains”, said Susana Carvalho, JBS Ambiental director.
In addition to reusing plastic, JBS Ambiental also recycles over 4 thousand tons of cardboard from JBS units every year.
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 230 thousand employees in over 15 countries. The Company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, including Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 350,000 customers of more than 150 nationalities worldwide. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. JBS has adopted best sustainability practices throughout its value chain and constantly monitors its suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced maps of supplier farms and monitors official data from government agencies; the company also focuses on the highest possible food safety and quality standards. The success of JBS’s operations is closely tied to our Animal welfare practices, which are rigorously applied and have received an increasing share of investments to further improve the Company’s efforts in this area, in line with best practices.
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