Taylor Farms takes sustainability to the next level
Taylor Farms’ Guanajuato, Mexico, facility has received TRUE Platinum certification from Green Business Certification Inc., making it one of the first fresh food companies in Mexico to receive this recognition. To date, Taylor Farms has received the TRUE Platinum certification at four facilities in North America.
“Our team in Mexico took ownership and initiative to achieve this certification in record fashion,” said Wyatt Maysey, director of sustainability, Taylor Farms. “The facility achieved the highest diversion rate in the entire Taylor Farms network and implemented innovative waste reduction practices including on-site composting and upstream reduction of packaging and single use materials. We’re excited to continue taking this success forward to additional facilities.
Facilities achieve TRUE certification by meeting a specific number of credit requirements and reaching at least 90 percent overall waste diversion from landfill for 12 consecutive months. We’re thrilled to share that the Taylor Farms facility in Guanajuato achieved a diversion rate of over 98 percent in 2021. By implementing material management practices, the facility diverted over 1,700 tons of material — such as cardboard, plastic, organics, wood scrap and metal — from landfills.
Prior to this facility receiving the certification, three Taylor Farms facilities in Monterey County, CA, were among the first fresh food facilities to achieve the highest level of TRUE certification, focused on diverting over 90 percent of materials from landfills, incinerators and the environment. To learn more about TRUE visit their website.
"As a leading North American producer of salads and healthy fresh foods, it is our greatest opportunity to create positive long-lasting social and environmental impact through our products, processes and people through a Healthy business, Healthy environment and Healthy community," the company said in a statement. "We are on a journey towards a more sustainable future and excited to take you on this path with us.
“Businesses must go beyond our current wasteful practices and think critically about how to redesign processes so that less waste is produced in the first place,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO of U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. “Implementing zero waste business practices requires rethinking, retraining, new tools and strong leadership to change current waste systems. With Taylor Farms’ leadership in this endeavor, they are making great strides for their employees, community and consumers at large.”