The Hershey Company's Recycling and Waste-to-Energy Programs Make Positive Impact
Submitted by: The Hershey Company
Posted: Feb 09, 2012 – 09:59 AM EST
HERSHEY, Pa., Feb. 09 /CSRwire/ - The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced that three of its manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania have achieved “Zero-Waste-to-Landfill“ (ZWL) status as a result of the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance sustainability through recycling and waste management. Two of the facilities are in Hershey, Pa., and the third is in Hazleton, Pa.
“We are proud of our role as stewards of the environment and of our progress in eliminating waste from our operations,” said Terence O’Day, Senior Vice President of Global Operations at The Hershey Company. “We achieved ZWL at these facilities through a rigorous process of eliminating waste, recycling and converting waste to energy. Our employees understand the importance of sustainability across our company and are working together to reach our reduction goals.”
Zero Waste to Landfill means that routine manufacturing waste has been eliminated from landfill disposal. The company’s Hazleton plant achieved ZWL status this month. The West Hershey plant became a ZWL facility in October 2011. In addition, the $200 million to $225 million expansion of the West Hershey facility, announced in June 2010, is a Zero-Waste-to-Landfill construction project and the new addition will be ZWL upon completion later this year. In 2010, the Reese plant, also located in Hershey, Pa., achieved ZWL status. These plants recycle approximately 90 percent of the waste generated from operations and the remainder is converted to energy at nearby waste-to-energy incinerators located in Bainbridge, Pa., and Harrisburg, Pa.
The Hershey Company continues to improve its recycling and energy efficiency programs at all of its U.S. plants. The company has added biogas capturing equipment at four of its U.S. facilities: Stuarts Draft, Va.; Lancaster, Pa.; Hazleton, Pa.; and Robinson, Ill. The equipment captures biogas produced through onsite wastewater treatment and converts it to energy, decreasing the company’s reliance on fossil fuels.
The Hershey Company has a long history of environmental sustainability programs as part of its commitment to social responsibility. Company founder Milton Hershey started the company’s first recycling center in Hershey in 1937, long before recycling and reducing waste were common practices. Last year, Hershey unveiled two sets of solar arrays at facilities in Hershey, Pa., that generate an estimated 318 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year and will eliminate hundreds of metric tons of greenhouse gases each year. In 2009, the company committed to reducing its green house gas emissions by 15 percent by the end of 2011 based on 2008 emission levels and is on track to achieve this goal by the end of the year.
About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 12,000 employees. With revenues of more than $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 25 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Hershey also offers premium and artisan chocolate products under such brands as Scharffen Berger and Dagoba through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.
For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.
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