Solid Waste

In the units, the management of solid waste originating throughout the production cycle is designed to appropriately dispose of the materials once the treatment and/or recovery possibilities have been exhausted. Management of the process operates on several fronts:

  • Materials screening:  processing units adopt selective collection programs. Thus, in the disposal process, the waste is separated into different categories, with some materials generating value. According to their characteristics, they are reused, recycled or recovered, observing legal requirements and rules established by each country's environmental agencies.
  • Awareness-raising and training: employees participate in periodic training on the topic, and are continuously instructed to correctly dispose of materials generated in their work routines.
  • Strict procedures for storage, transportation, and disposal of products considered dangerous. Environmental monitoring and contingency planning are also carried out, segmented by type of occurrence and substance. All hazardous waste disposal monitoring is through the environmental management system implemented by the units.

In the value chain, the environmental legislation of the different countries and localities determines the control and management of waste generated in the animal husbandry process. In addition, the company offers guidelines to suppliers on this topic through the Marfrig Club program. Based on specific guidelines, it recommends that suppliers take, at least, the following actions:

  • Adopt containers for waste collection, distributing them in strategic locations, such as administrative offices, so that used medication packaging is correctly disposed.
  • Maintain a documented, understandable and updated plan that addresses issues related to waste reduction, pollution and recycling, encompassing air, soil and water contamination.

Regarding organic waste classified as manure, Marfrig recommends that it be subjected to composting processes and reintroduced into the property itself as fertilizer for pasturelands. It is important that each supplier carries out periodic soil analyses, accompanied by a competent technician. There are publications available that can help ranchers, explaining how to compost the manure generated at the property, such as one published by North Dakota State University (NDSU).