Waste Reduction

Waste is defined as any material that arises during manufacturing or distributing a product that is destined for final disposal to offsite landfills. Our ambition is to achieve zero waste to landfills by 2020. Nestlé Purina’s manufacturing facilities continue to reduce food waste and optimize resources used. Our operations team works with our manufacturing facilities to identify the root causes of the waste at the source, and directs improvement programs to significantly reduce the generation of waste in our pet food processes.

After reducing the generation of waste, we identify ways to recycle any waste that is feasible to avoid sending it to landfills. The last step in our process is to divert the remaining waste away from landfills to compost or off-site incinerators with energyrecovery from the processes.

Waste Reduction in Focus

In 2014, our Oklahoma City and Clinton, Iowa, factories achieved a combined 86 percent reduction of landfilled food waste through in-process reductions and composting.

The Oklahoma City factory also has the lowest energy usage per ton of all Nestlé Purina’s dry pet food factories, thanks to redesigned lighting, weekend energy shutdowns and efforts to reduce compressed air leaks.


In 2014 our U.S. Headquarters recycled nearly 516,000 pounds of material through single-stream recycling, as well as more than 163,000 pounds of metals. Recycling of cardboard, paper, aluminum and plastic takes place in the majority of our workplaces in the Americas.


The packaging of our products is crucial to preventing food waste, guaranteeing our high-quality standards and informing our consumers. In addition to optimizing the weight and volume of our packaging, we also use packages with a percentage of recycled content and paper products from sustainably managed forests. We help inform and encourage consumers to recycle our packages where recycling is possible.