Eliminating all solid waste sent to landfills from our plants is a formidable challenge, but we're making great progress.
In 2010, PepsiCo generated an estimated 1.25 million metric tons of solid waste from our manufacturing facilities. Of that total, only 15.4 percent was discarded to a landfill, and 84.6 percent of waste generated was sent off-site for beneficial use, such as recycling.
Currently, 16 sites in Europe send zero waste to landfill. In 2010, 13 Frito-Lay North America manufacturing sites averaged less than 1 percent of solid waste disposed to landfill. In 2011, Frito-Lay North America expects that 20 facilities will achieve this mark, and we believe 10 facilities will send zero waste to landfills by the end of the year.
In addition, almost all of the edible waste generated at the more than 30 Frito-Lay plants in the U.S. is reused or recycled. Approximately 20 million pounds of potato peelings and corn hulls are sent to livestock farms for use as feed.
PepsiCo's Latin America business has been working with waste pickers and their associations to develop sustainable "waste to wealth" programs that help improve our environment, enhance the quality of life of recyclers and develop a local recycling market. For example, in Brazil, in partnership with the business association CEMPRE (Compromisso Empresarial para Reciclagem), we support a program that includes training of waste pickers, professional development, waste management and recycling training, and business management practices training to help waste pickers increase their income.
In India, the "Waste to Wealth: Exnora/PepsiCo Zero Waste Management Program" is an award-winning, income-generating partnership to manage domestic solid waste in an environmentally friendly manner. It has provided a clean environment to thousands of households through projects at seven locations in India.
PepsiCo Foods in Mexico has designed, developed and implemented a new ecofriendly display family for Sabritas products, which optimizes production and reduces costs, uses recycled materials, reduces cardboard packaging and improves assembly and functionality versus the traditional, all-metal materials originally used.
Perhaps most important, the new display system eliminates solid waste that could end up in landfills.
The transformation has generated savings of $2.7 million a year, replacing 10,300 tons of wire with 1,600 tons of plastic that is recovered and recycled. The new system also reduces the time it takes to install the displays, and positions the Sabritas brand as the first major company in Mexico to implement nationwide a sustainable display portfolio offering additional benefits to clients and consumers.
A joint venture with Walmart deployed the sustainable exhibitions and communicated the benefits to the consumers, supporting Walmart's "Earth Month" campaign in April.
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