Our Company has continued making progress toward its operational sustainability commitments. The current round of these goals is set for completion in 2018. Several of the goals have already been achieved, including removing phosphorus from lawn food maintenance products and incorporating recycled and renewable content into packaging. Following are updates on several other key commitments.
Compost and Recycling
Finding a product solution that is a win for the environment, consumers and business is challenging. Green waste recycling is an example of one solution, offering the opportunity to divert waste from landfills by incorporating it into beneficial new products. Our Company continues leading in utilizing green waste, incorporating 5 billion pounds annually of woody and green biomass into our products.
Several of our production facilities are moving beyond green waste to examine the environmental and economic potential of using food compost to enrich potting soils and other growing media. The infographic below gives more information on our Company’s current compost and recycling efforts.
In the past several years our Company has continued moving aggressively to reduce its waste footprint, bringing several more zero-waste facilities online. Our plant facilities report increasing waste diversion rates using strategies ranging from plastics recycling to green waste incorporation into soil and mulch products. By 2017 we were keeping 80% of our waste from entering the landfill.
Our Company continues to make strides reducing energy consumption and resulting greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2010 we have saved 50,000 gallons of diesel annually by optimizing distribution routes. In addition, our facilities are reducing energy consumption. In the past three years, we have achieved a 6% reduction in energy consumption across our North America manufacturing and office facilities. This reduction is equivalent to removing 1,000 passenger vehicles from the road for an entire year.