About “Beyond the Rows”

Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
[x] close

Monsanto St. Louis Sites Recycle: The Numbers Tell the Story

Featured Article

The numbers tell the story.

230 tons.

175 tons.

1,400 tons.

Monsanto’s St. Louis headquarters sites – four major locations in suburban St. Louis – have had programs in place for a number of years to recycle waste materials. These materials come from offices, research laboratories, and facility management areas.

From offices, programs include such things as single-stream desk side pick-up, which is sorted off-site to maximize recycled office material volumes; paper recycling; aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling; and recycling of compostable materials.

From laboratories, there is significant recycling of glass; plastics; solvents; plant/seed wastes; and general non-hazardous/sanitary lab trash, which is sent to a waste-to-energy program.

Materials recycled from facilities management activities include cardboard; wooden pallets; electronics & appliances; scrap metals; light bulbs; batteries; and paint.

Two recent recycling success stories highlight the progress being made.

A composting program was developed and implemented at one of the two largest St. Louis sites, diverting food scraps, greenhouse waste and restroom hand towels. It resulted in nearly 460,000 pounds (230 tons) of landfill avoidance annually.  A similar program is currently being planned for implementation at a second major site.

A second success has been an initiative to divert appropriate laboratory wastes into a Waste-to-Energy program. These materials are now incinerated at a facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, with energy recovery utilized for steam production.  This has resulted in more 350,000 pounds (175 tons) of landfill avoidance annually, and volumes diverted into this program continue to increase.

All of the St, Louis sites’ recycle streams combined add up to more than 2.8 million pounds (1,400 tons) annually, with an overall landfill diversion rate of nearly 72 percent.

A site waste minimization and recycling team is actively working on continuous program improvements to maximize potential recycle volumes, with the ultimate goal being zero-waste-to-landfill.

1 Responses to "Monsanto St. Louis Sites Recycle: The Numbers Tell the Story"

  1. I think it’s great we recycle, but it would really be great if we tried not to generate the waste in the first place. I continually find our employees grabbing single use water bottles when a water cooler is the same distance away! And every time our fancy printer prints something now with windows 7 it generates a cover sheet with nothing but the person’s name–waste of paper and ink. Countless other examples. Let’s please encourage our co-workers to use less–that will go into company profit which will help us all.

    Reply

Join in the conversation - add a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *