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JBS is committed to reducing or recycling materials and expanding the system for using or recycling residues to reduce disposal in sanitary landfills or promoting their return to the production chain.

The package represents a crucial item in this process, since it responds for the food protection and safety from manufacturing to the consumer’s table. When disposed, they generate residues that need to have an environmentally correct destination. All operations from JBS invest in research and development to find ways to reduce and optimize the use of packages, especially the ones with no direct contact with foods, reducing the amount of waste and the costs. In Brazil, for example, there are annual goals for reducing packaging losses. Opportunities are identified in different ways, both daily, with ad hoc actions against wasting, to the development of new technologies.


The Research & Development (R&D) teams have worked since 2014 in adapting the packaging to comply with the Environmental Labeling rules determined by the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT NBR 16182). The regulation standardizes the symbols that inform consumers about the adequate package destination after the consumption. This way, it is possible to separate, for example, dry and wet residues, sending them to selective collection and triage. This contributes to the continued improvement of recycling chains from different sectors of materials.


Another front of operation from the Research & Development (R&D) areas aims at reducing the volume of primary (in direct contact with the product), secondary and tertiary product packaging.

Packaging Materials

% 2019 2018 2017
Plastic 16,78% 18,30% 18,40%
Paper 0,50% 0,51% 0,51%
Cardboard 72,88% 72,16% 72,74%
Metal 9,53% 9,01% 8,34%
Styrofoam 0,01% 0,01% 0,01%
Cellulose/Wood 0,29% 0,01% 0,01%

Packaging Renewable

% 2019 2018 2017
Renewable 74% 73% 73%
Non-renewable 26% 27% 27%

Type of Packaging

% 2019 2018 2017
Primary and secondary 31% 33% 32%
Tertiary 69% 67% 68%

Efficient use packaging by product

(kg package / ton product) 2019 2018 2017
Package weight / product weight index 21,32 19,81 21,20