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West Liberty Foods facility earns 'Landfill Free' status

The company’s Tremonton facility is one of the first companies in the U.S. to have its landfill-free claim verified by a third-party organization.

Group2-retouch-web.jpgWest Liberty Foods, L.L.C., a co-packer, private-label manufacturer, and foodservice supplier of sliced deli meats and fully cooked IQF products, has announced that its Tremonton, UT, facility has successfully achieved “landfill-free” status. The status was independently verified by NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd., a leader in management systems registrations whose parent organization, NSF International, writes standards and tests that certify products for the food, water, building products, and consumer goods industries. West Liberty Foods is among the first companies in the U.S. to have its landfill-free claim verified by a third-party organization.

The NSF-ISR verification process was used to ensure that West Liberty Foods could demonstrate the total waste from its Tremonton facility entering the landfill was less than the industry acceptable 1%. Through working to accomplish this status, the Tremonton facility has successfully diverted nearly 3.5 million pounds of annual waste from the local landfill.

“West Liberty Foods is excited by the positive environmental impact achieved by the combination of our staff and state-of-the-art facilities,” says Gerald Lessard, vice president and COO for West Liberty Foods. "Our commitment has always been to set the industry standard for food safety, and now we've been able to become a leader in the environmental arena as well."

West Liberty Foods developed a two-step approach to accomplishing this status. First, the facility completed an internal audit to assess current practices. This audit allowed the facility to increase its recycling initiatives by identifying local vendors to recycle waste for energy. After the audit, internal processes were developed and extensive employee training was undertaken. West Liberty Foods' employees are critical to the overall success of this program, says the company.

As a result of the success seen in Tremonton, West Liberty Foods plans to duplicate the landfill-free program in its remaining facilities located in Mount Pleasant and West Liberty, IA.

Pictured from left to right: Ed Garrett, president and CEO, West Liberty; Kirk Hansen, business development manager, NSF International; Michele Boney, environmental compliance officer, West Liberty; and Gerald Lessard, vice president and COO, West Liberty.

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