Waste & Recycling
Since 2009, RAI's 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 2017, their efforts led to an increase in our recycling rate to 74 percent.
RAI's 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.
In recent years, R.J. Reynolds introduced several new recycling programs, 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 has increased the amount of material diverted from landfill while generating an additional revenue stream. 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.