Three Hershey Plants achieve 'Zero Waste To Landfill”

The Hershey Co. announced some good news for the environment today: three of its factories are now certified “Zero-Waste-to-Landfill” (ZWL).

The designation means routine manufacturing waste has been eliminated from landfill disposal, the company says. 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,” says Terence O’Day, senior v.p. of global operations at Hershey. “We achieved ZWL at these facilities through a rigorous process of eliminating waste, recycling and converting waste to energy.”

The company’s Hazleton plant is the most recent location to have achieved ZWL status. The two plants in Hershey became ZWL facilities in October 2011 and in 2010. These plants recycle approximately 90% of the waste generated from operations and the remainder is converted to energy at nearby waste-to-energy incinerators.

The certifications are just a part of Hershey’s ongoing sustainability efforts, which started as early as 1937 when founder Milton Hershey started the company’s first recycling center. The company has also added biogas capturing equipment at four of its U.S. facilities, which converts captured biogas produced through onsite wastewater treatment and converts it to energy.

Last year, Hershey unveiled two sets of solar arrays at facilities in Hershey, which generate an estimated 318 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year. The solar arrays also 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% by the end of 2011 based on 2008 emission levels and is on track to achieve this goal by the end of the year.

For more information about Hershey Co., visit

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Candy Industry

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

A Venetian Carnival, a Jelly Belly sculpture and gourmet chocolates! Oh my!

Candy Industry takes you into the French Pastry’s School For the Love of Chocolate event in Chicago, held Feb. 25.

Candy Industry Magazine

candy may 2015

May 2015

Check out the May issue, featuring products from Sweets & Snacks Expo, how Enstrom's rebranding looks promising, and more!
Table Of Contents Subscribe

Healthier Food Options

A recent Nielsen report shows that consumers are calling for healthier options from food manufacturers. Do you think consumers will actually buy healthier versions of their favorite candy and snacks if they’re made available?
View Results Poll Archive

Candy Industry Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Candy Industry\natural-food-flavors-colora.gif
Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

Although many foods are appealing, and even perceived as natural, in spite of containing synthetic additives, consumer increasingly prefer food products which are fully natural.

More Products

Candy Industry's Kettle Awards

Kettle Awards

Since 1946, Candy Industry magazine has recognized leaders in the U.S. confectionery industry with the highest recognition possible, the Kettle Award. The distinguished recipients have captured this most coveted award by not only excelling within their companies, but by contributing to the greater good of the industry. It’s virtually a who’s who of past and present professionals who have left their mark as confectioners and business mavens. Learn more about the voting process as well as the annual Kettle Awards Ceremony by visiting our Kettle Awards Website


fb40   twitter 40    youtube40    linked   Google+

Clear Seas Research

Clear SeasWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.