- Dillons Jackson Dairy, Hutchinson, Kan. (Gold)
- Sonoco Display and Packaging, Bolingbrook, Ill. (Silver)
- Sonoco Paper, Brantford, Ontario (Bronze)
- Sonoco Plastics, Addison, Ill. (Bronze)
- Sonoco Plastics, Forest City, N.C. (Bronze)
- Sonoco Plastics, Waynesville, N.C. (Bronze)
- Sonoco Protective Solutions, New Bern, N.C. (Silver)
Sonoco Paper in Brantford, Ontario focused on recovering waste streams through reuse rather than sending waste to landfill. The plant augmented this programming with waste-to-energy and other waste diversion tactics. The mill did a commendable job remaining flexible and open to sustainability strategies, ultimately working with two new suppliers to promote reuse and waste to energy while cutting costs.Sonoco Plastics in Addison, Ill. made significant progress in reducing its waste to landfill by more than half from 2013 to 2014, and has further reduced waste to landfill in 2015. The facility's education efforts illustrated to staff how much recyclable waste had been going to landfills, resulting in a passionate and committed employee base who dramatically decreased waste to landfill and increased recycling. This behavior change also resulted in significant waste removal cost savings. Sonoco Plastics in Forest City, N.C. reached Bronze Award status by dramatically increasing its recycling output to Sonoco Recycling as well as another local recycling partner. The facility is on track to reduce its waste to landfill by more than 70 percent year over year. Sonoco Plastics in Waynesville, N.C. greatly reduced its waste to landfill by increasing its OCC and packaging recycling. This increased diversion also significantly reduced waste management costs for the facility. By recognizing the steps they could take to divert more waste to recycling streams, employees were able to own the process and reduce landfill usage by approximately 45 percent. Sonoco Protective Solutions in New Bern, N.C. worked with an external partner to achieve 95 percent landfill diversion through recycling. Sonoco, which owns the building, scaled these recycling operations so that all building tenants collaborated to achieve this level of landfill diversion for the entire building. Employee engagement, clarity of direction and safety assessments all played an important part in the transition. Employees even reuse fallen pine needles from surrounding trees as mulch for shrubbery and in compost - going above and beyond in their sustainability practices.
A recycling leader with locations and expertise worldwide, Sonoco Recycling annually collects more than 3 million tons of old corrugated containers, various grades of paper, metals and plastics. In addition, the Company has experts who provide secure, reliable and innovative recycling solutions to residential and commercial customers. Currently, Sonoco Recycling operates five material recovery facilities (MRFs) serving more than 125 communities in which curbside-collected residential and commercial materials are processed. The Company also operates recycling programs, which identify waste reduction opportunities that reduce operating expenses for many of the largest consumer product companies in the United States.About Sonoco: Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5.0 billion, the Company has 20,800 employees working in more than 330 operations in 34 countries, serving some of the world's best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2015/2016 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.