Pepsi Bottling Ventures of Nampa and Bigelow Tea of Boise were recognized as “Pollution Prevention Champions” by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
Pepsi Bottling Ventures has reduced by nearly 80 percent, the waste generated from its bottling operations by recycling aluminum, plastic, cardboard, and scrap metal. Pepsi also has installed energy efficient industrial lighting systems that save more than 700,000 kilowatt-hours annually.
It also reduced overall wastewater generation by 35 percent in 2012 and helped to cut down on overall water use by 14 percent over the same period.
“Pepsi has successfully been able to reduce energy demand, waste generation, water use, and wastewater generation.,” said Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator in a press release.
Bigelow Tea cut its environmental impact by retrofitting its lighting systems with more efficient fixtures, modifying equipment to reduce energy demand, and utilizing reusable instead of disposable packing and storing materials to reduce waste.
“Bigelow Tea has been highly creative in managing its waste streams so that most of the solid waste produced at the facility is either recycled or composted,” said Jarvis. “Through initiatives that have engaged employees working throughout their Boise facility, Bigelow Tea has managed to cut the amount of its solid waste being sent to the landfill to only 10 percent.”