Our Commitment

JBS USA’s commitment is to reuse or recycle the maximum amount of materials, with the goal of sending as little to landfills as possible. Each facility works to recycle material and reduce waste by optimizing facility logistics and team member training.

Our Approach

In each of our production facilities, we have goals to decrease the amount of packaging used in our finished products and decrease waste sent to landfills. Our Pilgrim’s Moy Park team maintained its commitment of zero waste to landfill. As a company, we continue to explore alternative materials that offer recyclability and technologies that allow us to reduce the amount of packaging needed, while still maintaining strict product safety requirements. In our day-to-day operations, we work to improve recycling opportunities at each facility and reduce overall waste generated.

Product packaging provides a unique challenge for our industry, as not all customers or end-users have recycling facilities. In addition, to prevent contamination, packaging materials used at production facilities that come into contact with blood, meat or fat cannot be recycled, per the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) standards. Due to the nature of our products, this reduces our ability to recycle packaging material used at our production facilities. In Europe, our Pilgrim’s Moy Park business was the first poultry company to sign up to the Courtauld Commitment 2 to reduce packaging and household food waste and reduce product and packaging waste in the supply chain.

To continue to improve our efforts in waste management, recycling and cost reduction, we often work with third-party companies in each facility to conduct a gap analysis, identify opportunities for continued innovation and adopt best practices. Working with our local teams and third-party partners at the facility level allows us to tailor our waste and recycling approach to address the specific challenges at each of our facilities. We also process byproducts, such as blood, meat and bones, to create saleable materials and reduce waste. Nearly 100 percent of inedible byproducts are rendered to produce tallow and blood and bone meal, which we then sell to other companies to be used in consumer goods, such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals or in livestock or poultry feed.

Reducing and Recycling Waste

In the U.S., we strive to recycle all that we can at our facilities. We recycle:


of clean cardboard material, which is sent to recycling centers or paper mills to be reused


of our pallets, which are returned to our suppliers for resuse


of all metal, which is sent to a salvage yard


of clean, non contaminated plastic, which is collected in bins and then sent to either a recycling center or melted down and repurposed to make new products


of our plastic high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tote bags, which are sold to our original manufacturer and then reused in our next order, creating a closed loop system

2018 Progress

We have continued to focus on improving data quality related to waste and packaging, as a result we are tracking more indicators and are showing substantial increases in waste. From 2017 to 2018, we increased our total waste generated by 11.7 percent, but reduced waste sent to landfills by 7.9 percent and waste to landfill per ton of finished product by 8 percent. In some cases, our teams experienced significant weather events that significantly damaged facilities, including tornados and hurricanes, which resulted in an increase in material that would have otherwise not been sent to landfill. Our estimations suggest that this contribution was in excess of 20,000 tons additional waste. Our Pilgrim’s Moy Park team maintained its zero percent to landfill efforts. Pilgrim’s Mexico implemented a composting project from farms and hatcheries that reduced total waste by 42 percent.

In the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, we increased our percent of biodegradable and recyclable packaging material used by 8 percent; however, our total packaging material per ton of finished product increased by 5.5 percent. We will continue to stay focused on increasing our recyclable packaging and will stay committed to reducing our packaging per ton of finished product produced.

The data below represents our best efforts at tracking waste and recycling at our facilities. In some cases, the local municipality collects all waste and recycling, which makes tracking the data impossible. We are currently working to develop collaborative partnerships in these locations, so that we can share data to better track our performance.

Finally, nearly all organic solids, inclusive of paunch, manure, wastewater sludge and wastewater, are sent to land application or composting and used as beneficial soil amendments in place of synthetic fertilizer at local farms.

Waste Performance

JBS USA1 Pilgrim’s USA2 Pilgrim’s Moy Park Pilgrim’s Mexico JBS Australia
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Total Waste Generated
394,503 366,915 450,008 88,325 98,239 79,156 109,314 95,262 179,115 207,551 196,376 113,026 52,437 56,773 87,662
Total Waste To Landfill
49,223 58,106 74,215 73,438 82,046 70,117 0 0 0 207,551 31,509 14,709 6,734 6,026 4,513
Waste to Landfill Intensity
(Per Ton of Finished Product)
0.0066 0.0074 0.0094 0.0153 0.0165 0.0142 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.2134 0.0317 0.0147 0.0067 0.0056 0.0042
Total Waste Recycled
73,194 72,838 100,968 14,887 16,193 4,904 13,119 0 56,443 0 164,848 27,590 1,960 1,933 4,439
Total Waste Composted
201,088 164,978 84,476 0 0 0 11,453 0 0 0 6 70,714 11,831 15,273 63,983
Total Waste Incinerated
2 1 8 0 0 0 2,328 10,976 12,330 0 13 14 0 0 1,539
Total Waste For Energy Reuse
0 0 0 0 0 0 35,164 40,627 105,708 0 0 0 0 6,764 0
Total Waste Cogenerated/Coprocessed
0 0 0 0 0 0 504 3,031 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Waste For Fertigation/Land Application
70,996 70,993 190,341 0 0 0 47,251 43,155 0 0 0 0 31,912 26,778 13,189
  1. Includes U.S. and Canadian facilities, excluding poultry facilities
  2. Includes U.S. and Puerto Rican facilities

Packaging Performance

JBS USA1 Pilgrim’s USA2
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Packaging Material Used
157,734 184,369 196,490 147,037 152,989 159,472
Total Packaging Material Used Intensity
(Per Ton of Finished Product)
0.0210 0.0233 0.0249 0.0307 0.0307 0.0322
Total Biogradable and Recyclable Packaging Material Used
142,202 165,056 178,981 98,045 105,925 113,753
Percentage Biogradable and Recycling Packaging Materials 90.15% 89.52% 91.09% 66.68% 69.24% 71.33%
  1. Includes U.S., Puerto Rican and Canadian facilities, excluding poultry facilities
  2. Includes U.S. and Puerto Rican facilities