Our Steps to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

  1. Began reusing and recycling our shipping cartons. (1939)

  2. Began recovering the starch left in the water after washing potato slices to keep that water from having to be treated by cities’ waste water systems. We now recover 64 million pounds of starch per year. (1979)

  3. Built headquarters facility in Plano, TX. Committed to maintain 39 acres with organic fertilizer and preserve the remaining 249 acres in its natural state. (1985)

  4. Cogeneration system built at our plant in Kern, California to provide both steam and electricity. The cogeneration technology recycles waste heat to increase our energy efficiency in Kern to 74%. (1986)

  5. Green Teams of employees assembled to ensure a high level of environmental compliance and awareness at each plant. (1993)

  6. Set 10-year resource conservation “BHAGs” (Big Hairy Audacious Goals): reduce water consumption by 50% per pound of production, natural gas by 30%, and electricity by 25%. (1999)

  7. Began using gas from a nearby landfill to reduce our use of natural gas at our Rosenberg, Texas plant. (1999)

  8. Began recycling the water used to make potato chips. As a result of these efforts, we saved more than 570 million gallons of water in 2007 alone. (2001)

  9. Eliminated 150 square miles of packaging by reducing the film we use by 10% from 2002-2007. That’s enough to cover more than 72,000 football fields. (2002)

  10. Received first national award for our environmental sustainability efforts from the Alliance to Save Energy. (2003)

  11. Our Rochester, NY distribution center was certified at the LEED Gold level, one of only 50 in the country at the time. (2005)

  12. Joined EPA’s Climate Leaders program, pledging to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by 14% per pound of production from 2002 to 2010. (2005)

  13. Improved the performance of our bags to extend the shelf life, enabling us to save 5 million pounds of packaging and product each year. (2005)

  14. Frito-Lay named the Energy Star Partner of the Year for the first time, the only Consumer Packaged Goods company to receive this award. Frito-Lay’s parent company, PepsiCo, has been named an Energy Star Partner of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009 earning the Sustained Excellence distinction. (2006)

  15. Installed the first “oven heat recovery” system at our plant in San Antonio, Texas. Some of our plants use the exhaust heat from our ovens to heat the oil in our fryers while other plants use it to heat their buildings. (2006)

  16. Frito-Lay leads parent company PepsiCo’s purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match 100% of the electricity used by PepsiCo’s US facilities marking the largest RECs purchase in history at the time. (2007)

  17. Our plant in Jonesboro, AR is named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track Program for its superior commitment to continuous environmental improvement. Since 2007, seven other facilities have earned the Performance Track distinction. (2007)

  18. Began testing technology that captures and condenses the steam emitted when cooking our chips so the water can be reused. (2007)

  19. Installed Arizona’s largest corporate solar power system at the time at our Arizona Service Center. In 2008, The Gatorade Company, another division of PepsiCo, installed an even bigger solar power system at the Gatorade manufacturing and distribution facility in Arizona. (2007)

  20. Reduced the diesel fuel we would have used in 2007 by more than 13 million gallons through driver training and by making changes to our trucks like idling technology and increased aerodynamics. Our reductions in 2007 would be enough to fuel more than 11,000 school buses for a year. (2007)

  21. Finished converting our fleet of 650 sales cars to hybrid vehicles. (2007)

  22. Successfully tested a package made partially from renewable materials as a first step to a fully compostable bag. (2007)

  23. Successfully reached our first resource conservation “BHAG” (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) by achieving a reduction of 30% less natural gas per pound of production compared to 1999. By 2008, we had also achieved reductions of 39% water and 22% electricity per pound of production compared to 1999. (2008)

  24. Achieved 96.8% shipping carton reuse rate – nearly 97 of every 100 cartons used to ship our products is brought back to be used again. We reuse each shipping cartons an average of five times before recycling it, an effort that now saves 5 million trees every year. (2008)

  25. Solar power is used at one of our plants in Modesto, CA to help make SunChips snacks. (2008)

  26. Earned the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s certification on our Miss Vickie’s brand’s paper packaging guaranteeing that our paper is sourced from sustainable forests that help fight deforestation. (2008)

  27. The temporary in-store displays holding our bags are now made from 90% recycled material. (2008)

  28. Began piloting a “zero landfill” program in 4 plants with the goal of reducing waste to less than 1%. (2008)

  29. Launched the LEED Certification Challenge at our Headquarters in Plano, TX. Employees helped save energy and eliminate waste to earn points toward LEED certification for our Headquarters building. (2008)

  30. Installed a solar hot water heater at our Headquarters building to heat the water in our kitchen and dish room. (2008)

  31. Tested new Sprinter trucks that get 50% more miles per gallon than the trucks they will replace. (2008)

  32. Reset the resource conservation BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) we originally set in 1999. The new goals are to reduce water usage by 75% per pound of production, natural gas by 50%, and electricity by 45% by 2017. (2008)

  33. Began installing the technology at our plant in Casa Grande, Arizona that will help reduce our fresh water use by up to 90%. (2008)

  34. All Frito-Lay plants are currently working toward “zero landfill” with the goal of diverting at least 99% of waste from landfills. (2009)

  35. Introduced 1,000 new Sprinter trucks that get 50% more miles per gallon than the trucks they replaced. (2009)

  36. Began piloting a program to encourage and equip employees to adopt “personal sustainability practices.” (2009)

  37. Began operation of our cogeneration system to produce electricity and steam at our plant in Killingly, Connecticut, raising our energy efficiency at that plant to 90%. (2009)

  38. Received LEED certification for our Headquarters building. (2009)

  39. Began building the solar field and the renewable energy generator at our plant in Casa Grande, Arizona. (2009)

  40. Completed construction of the solar field and the renewable energy generator at our plant in Casa Grande, Arizona. (2011)

  41. Celebrated one million miles driven with our all-electric trucks, saving approximately 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel. (2012)

  42. Added 20 electric vehicles to our fleet in New York. (2013)

  43. Celebrated the launch of Frito-Lay’s first compressed natural gas fueling station in Beloit, Wis. 

  44. We will continue working to find more opportunities to utilize renewable energy, reduce our water usage, and eliminate waste.


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