Making the Grade with the EPA

It’s always nice to be recognized for going above and beyond, especially when it’s something you’ve done for years. And in 2006, we were thrilled that Frito-Lay qualified to become a member of the National Environmental Performance Track Program. The program was started by the Environmental Protection Agency as a way to recognize companies with strong environmental records that go beyond legal requirements.

Participation in the Environmental Performance Track requires a company to set demanding environmental goals. At Frito-Lay, we’ve had a long-standing commitment to reducing our impact on the environment. At the same time, we know there is always more to be done – which is why we’re always asking “what’s next?”

Here’s a snapshot of the kind of changes happening at eight Frito-Lay Performance Track facilities around the country.

Jonesboro, AR
Jonesboro was the first Frito-Lay facility to join Performance Track in 2006. This year, their goals are to:

  • Reduce landfill waste by 72% over current levels. Better waste separation will help Jonesboro reach its ultimate goal of becoming a Zero Landfill Facility – with all waste to be reused or recycled.
  • Reduce fresh water usage by an additional 15% compared to current levels. Water used in processing potatoes and corn will now be significantly recycled.
  • Reduce Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) in the facility’s process waste water by 58% over current levels. BOD is a common measure of pollutant organic material in water. To reduce BOD, Jonesboro will add a secondary waste water treatment system.

    Orlando, FL
    Our Orlando facility is positioned to make key reductions in water, energy, and landfill use over 2007 levels:

  • Reduce water use by an additional 15%. This will take several steps including: replacing fresh water with recycled water for waste water defoamer sprayers; installing a process to recover condensate from air conditioning systems; improving equipment sanitation procedures; and a new process to reduce the amount of fresh water used in cooking corn.
  • Reduce electricity use by 10%. This will be achieved through improving efficiency on facility air compressors and by using more efficient chiller systems.
  • Reduce landfill waste by 5%. Improved waste stream separation is a major step towards becoming a Zero Landfill Facility.

    Wooster, OH
    In 2009, our Wooster facility will pursue the following goals: reduce water use by an additional 15% and landfill waste by 5% compared to 2008 levels:

  • Reduce water use by an additional 15%. This will require increasing water recycling on certain processes, installing more water-efficient equipment, more efficient pump technology on its oil cooling system, and limiting access to the high-pressure cleaning system.
  • Reduce landfill waste by 5% over our 2008 level. Improved waste stream separation is a major step towards becoming a Zero Landfill Facility.

    Cucamonga, CA
    Our Cucamonga facility will reduce water, landfill and smog emissions by 15% over 2007 levels:

  • Reduce nitrogen oxide emissions that contribute to smog by 15%. The facility will install more efficient burners on baking ovens and replace a gas-powered air compressor with electric.
  • Reduce water use by an additional 15%. Several steps will help accomplish this including: optimizing the use of corn cook water; recycling corn transport water; optimizing transfer water systems; and replacing fresh water with recycled water at the wastewater treatment belt filter press.
  • Reduce landfill waste by 15%. Better waste stream separation is also being implemented with the goal of becoming a Zero Landfill Facility.

    Canton, OH
    Our Canton plant will pursue the following projects:

  • Install meters on ovens and cookers to track the use of natural gas and make fuel use a Key Performance Measure.
  • Reduce water usage by purchasing a water closet and piping to clean equipment parts and use the water that does not meet water temperature standards for processing in different areas.
  • Reduce waste through recycling and training initiatives.

    Pulaski, TN
    The Pulaski plant has the following goals: 

  • Reduce non-transportation energy use by 15% through a series of energy-saving measures: improved utilization of waste heat, research in to more efficient operating equipment and installing an energy management system for the building.
  • Reduce water usage by developing a Sanitation Resource Conservation Team, upgrading the spot cooling system, rebuilding the spray bar system and piping, and redesigning the cooling tower.
  • Seek new ways to reduce waste by working with vendors, contractors and recyclers for innovative solutions.

    Gothenburg, NE and Sidney, IL
    Both of these Frito-Lay grain-handling facilities are leading the way to reduce energy usage throughout their entire system infrastructure:

  • Reduce energy usage by installing motion sensors on lights.
    Upgrade heating and cooling systems.
  • Install more efficient optical sorting corn cleaning equipment.
  • Use programmable thermostats and purchasing only high-efficiency electrical motors.
  • These combined efforts will go a long way towards reaching our environmental goals. And with an eye on the future, we’re already planning our next steps to ensure we remain a proud member of the Environmental Performance Track Program.

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