The business unit, responsible for managing waste from JBS’s operations in Brazil, saw a significant increase in recycling three types of waste: cardboard (up from 3,000 to 4,000 tons), plastics (up from 2,800 to 3,400 tons) and metals (increasing from 6,100 to 8,000 tons).
The company processes these materials in a closed cycle and they are reused by the company as raw material.
“Our goal is to keep the same plastic in the company’s production chain for as long as possible, adding value to the resulting products, resources and materials, which reduces waste and provides overall sustainability gains,” said Susana Carvalho, ambiental director at JBS.
As an example, plastic from food packaging is converted into pallets that are used to ship products, bin bags or to manufacture prototype trash cans, tables and benches.
JBS Ambiental also reused over 50,000 liters of oil, grease and similar products last year, a 32% (or 12,000 liter) increase on 2018 (when it reused 38,000 liters). This material is all recycled.
Carvalho added, one of the factors that contributed to the increase in production chain waste recycling was the inauguration of two JBS Ambiental recycling centers and modernization of its existing facilities.
The company now operates 10 recycling centers in Brazil, in the states of Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo.
It opened two waste processing centers in 2019, including plants in Goiânia and Senador Canedo, both in the state of Goiás, as well as upgrades for three centers in the state of São Paulo, in Andradina, Barretos and Lins.
Altogether, JBS Ambiental invested R$1.6m in the centers and its modernization program in 2019.
For 2020, JBS Ambiental plans to open another two centers and expand and modernize its existing facilities in Campo Grande and Naviraí (both in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul), and Ituiutaba (Minas Gerais).