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Spoiled vegetables put to good use

[France]

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Effective recycling methods that send packaged vegetables to the compost pile

A bright future for faded veggies

Do you have a product that's spoiled before it was sold? Or found to be non-compliant? Do you have leftovers from a test run? A production that matured a bit too late? Mislabeled products? When you're working with food, which is both perishable and subject to very strict rules, it's inevitable that a bit will go to waste one day or another. The first step is to reduce your losses as much as possible. Once that's done, though, what do you do with the rest?

At the factory at Saint-Benoist-sur-Vanne, unsold containers are no longer thrown away. Instead, the veggies they hold are turned into compost! 

More precise recycling

Of course, before these vegetables can be sent to the compost pile, they have to be removed from their plastic containers (one day they might be able to become compost as well—we're working on it!).

At the site, the employees have created a recycling system that makes separating the two easy, which is key for recycling packaged food!

Joining forces with another local company

The factory had to purchase new equipment (a container tilter) but also started a new partnership to carry out the project: rather than buy a depackaging machine to separate the vegetables from their wrapping, the wasted containers are sent to a local company that just purchased one. The companies were able to pool their resources in pursuit of sustainable development!

Tool sharing for companies?

Whether it's to borrow a lawnmower from your neighbor instead of buying one you'd just use three times a year or letting the neighborhood use your jigsaw, pooling equipment, a fixture of the sharing economy, is common practice among individuals. However, companies can take part as well! By allowing factories or businesses to access equipment that isn't being used around the clock, companies can strengthen community ties and encourage lower initial production. With one or fewer tools for two, manufacturers can lower their carbon footprint.

Spoiled vegetables put to good use
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