Waste & Recycling
Since 2009, RAI and its operating companies have reduced total waste generated by approximately 31 percent. Our operating companies actively work to limit material inputs and reuse process waste throughout the manufacturing process. In 2015, we introduced a waste goal:
Each operating company is responsible for identifying and executing its own strategy to meet this goal. In 2016, our efforts led to an increase in our recycling rate to 69 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. SFNTC’s Oxford, N.C., facility has been zero-waste-to-landfill since 2014, and in April 2016, began sending filter waste material to Terracycle for recycling. So far, SFNTC has recycled 83 tons of filter waste material through this partnership. Teams at ASC in both Memphis and Clarksville, Tennessee, continued progress toward zero-waste-to-landfill this year, including composting more than 16 million tons of tobacco waste.
R.J. Reynolds diverted approximately 543 tons of tobacco dust into compost in 2016, turning this waste stream into a useful gardening product. In addition, R.J. Reynolds introduced several new recycling programs this year, including polypropylene recycling at its tobacco processing facility, and plastic bottle and aluminum can recycling at leaf receiving stations. The R.J. Reynolds facilities in Tobaccoville, N.C., formed a new team to streamline recycling efforts for packaging materials and further educate and engage employees. This new program led to an increase of more than 400 tons of material diverted from landfill compared to last year, which generated $45,000 in revenue. The R.J. Reynolds leaf department also partnered with the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) to expand and promote an agricultural container recycling program with contracted growers.