Global Processing

Diageo reuses waste from manufacturing plant

March 9, 2009
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and ultimately send zero waste from its manufacturing facilities to landfills, Diageo, the world''s leading spirits, wine and beer company, announced that its Plainfield, Illinois facility is implementing a new byproduct reuse initiative that will send berries and seeds from gin production to Waste Management, Inc.''s local composting site. In addition, Diageo is expanding its paper-recycling program in Plainfield and the company is launching a new initiative that converts municipal solid waste into power and steam instead of sending it to a landfill at its Amherstberg, Ontario facility. Together, these initiatives will deliver considerable energy savings and keep more than 400 tons of waste out of landfills each year. At the Plainfield facility, the paper-recycling program in the technical center was expanded to include cardboard, packing materials such as plastic wrap and bottles, and Styrofoam. It is expected that this expansion will result in annual savings of approximately 928 trees, 3,276,000 gallons of water, and an energy savings of 12,285-kilowatt hours. The expanded recycling program and new byproduct reuse initiative will help the Plainfield facility keep nearly 200 tons per year out of the landfill, which is equivalent to 126,048 gallon milk bottles. The byproduct reuse initiative is already under way as the facility is storing the seeds and berries on site in extra containers until the compost site opens in April. The program is expected to keep nearly 66 tons of waste out of the landfill each year. At the Amherst berg plant, all of the site''s municipal solid waste, previously destined for landfills, is now being sent to a refuse-derived fuel waste-to-energy plant. The solid waste is used to power a steam plant that generates up to 68 megawatts of electricity, which is sold to the Detroit Edison Corporation. By using this process, approximately 245 tons of waste will be kept out of the landfill each year and, in total, 100% of the site''s waste to landfill is now being diverted to help create energy.