Environmental Stewardship at Kellogg Canada
*Does not include contract manufacturing partners’ facilities.
Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We have made substantial progress in reducing energy use and GHG emissions in recent years.
Lighting retrofits across manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Canada have helped decrease lighting-related energy use by more than 25 per cent. We’ve also improved transportation execution, reducing diesel consumption by 76K Gal/Yr in 2008 and reducing CO2 by 1.7M lbs/Yr in 2008.
The building design of our Kellogg Belleville Plant features a high R-value for energy savings, with many energy-efficient systems, including energy-efficient lighting, high-efficiency equipment components and design, and high-efficiency boilers.
We’ve installed energy management systems in our warehouses to reduce natural gas requirements by 38 per cent. In our Mississauga head office, the installation of energy management systems also reduces heat loss.
Water Use and Waste
Sustainable water use is an issue of increasing global importance, and one we take very seriously at Kellogg Canada. We are working hard to minimize our overall water use and our impact on local water supplies in the communities in which we operate. We view waste as an indication of inefficiency, and we are seeking to reduce it wherever possible.
Kellogg Canada oversees a team of internal and external staff who audit packaging and production processes to minimize solid waste disposal, wastewater discharge, and hazardous waste. High-efficiency equipment components and high-efficiency boilers at our Belleville Plant reduces water usage and waste water effluent.
Throughout our facilities we recycle all carton board, fine paper and corrugate, scrap metal, wood, plastic strapping, lamps, and glass where possible. Recyclable materials are also collected and returned to suppliers for reuse when possible. More than 95 per cent of food and non-food waste is recycled at our London, Ontario, plant, with cereal waste used as a component of animal feed.
Notably, both our London manufacturing facility and our Brampton warehouse are categorized as "Zero Waste to Landfill," since more than 90 per cent of food and non-food waste at the facilities is recycled or reused. We've also pursued recycling and composting programs at our Mississauga head office and have eliminated Styrofoam and plastic water bottles.
Kellogg’s packaging protects our products, maintains freshness during transport and in our customers’ homes, and provides a means to communicate to consumers. Sturdy, good-quality packaging can actually help to prevent the waste of stale or damaged food. We are committed to optimizing our processes and designs to reduce overall packaging and maximize the use of recycled content and recyclable materials.
In 1906, the first box of Kellogg’s* Corn Flakes* came off the assembly line packaged in 100 per cent recycled paperboard, and Kellogg has used recycled board for most of our products since that time.
Today, almost all of our cereal cartons are made of 100 per cent recycled fibres, and are recyclable when local boxboard recycling programs are in place. We are committed to optimizing our processes and designs to reduce overall packaging and maximize the use of recycled content and recyclable materials. To date, we’ve eliminated over 10 million pounds of package materials in two years.