Waste & Recycling
Since 2009, RAI and its operating companies have reduced total waste generated by approximately 56 percent. Our operating companies actively work to limit material inputs and reuse process waste throughout the manufacturing process. In 2015, we introduced a new waste goal:
Each operating company is responsible for identifying and executing its own strategy to meet this goal. In 2015 our efforts led increase in our recycling rate to 59 percent.
Reynolds American and its operating companies continuously work with both internal and external stakeholders to reduce material inputs and prevent waste from entering landfills. Santa Fe’s Oxford, North Carolina, facility has been zero-waste-to-landfill since 2014 and our teams at ASC in both Memphis and Clarksville, Tennessee, are quickly catching up. Through improved waste management, audits and new recycling initiatives, ASC reduced waste sent to landfill by 26 percent in 2015 and 76 percent since 2009. In Tobaccoville, North Carolina, R.J. Reynolds continues to aggressively identify waste reduction and recycling projects, including educating employees on proper recycling.
In support of our waste goal, each operating company is tasked with evaluating and implementing at least one waste reduction project in 2016.