Reducing Food Waste
Zero Waste to Landfill
Preventing Food Waste in Our Operations
At the Post plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas, research & development, and engineering teams determined a different-sized grain of rice would result in less ingredient waste and a better product, while maintaining the same high-quality product at the same price that families know and love. This innovation saved over $3 million and tens of thousands of pounds of food waste.
Diverting Waste from Landfills
When food waste is inevitable, our manufacturing and distribution teams focus on recycling or repurposing wholesome, edible food. We are committed to evaluating our facilities for zero-waste-to-landfill opportunities, and many of our manufacturing plants are well on their way
The Post plant in Niagara Falls has been zero-waste-to-landfill for nearly a decade. This means virtually all waste is recycled, converted to energy, or used as animal feed on local farms.
Sometimes, we end up with excess products in our warehouses. Each year, we donate and distribute millions of pounds of food through Feeding America’s nationwide network of food pantries. In our 2023 fiscal year, Post Consumer Brands donated about 55 million bowls of cereal and more than 1.5 million servings of peanut butter. Read more about our food donations.
Preserving biodiversity is a critical step to keeping the Post products you know and love on your plate or in your cereal bowl. Read about a few of our efforts to promote and preserve biodiversity across North America and right in our backyard.
We are promoting pollinator health and diversity of life worldwide. We have planted native Minnesota prairie grasses and pollinator plants in the grassy areas surrounding our headquarters building in Lakeville, Minnesota. These plants will allow pollinators to carry pollen from one plant to another, fertilizing plants and allowing them to make fruit seeds.
Spotlight: Post scientist Daniel Burton spends his free time surveying biodiversity in parks and preserves as a community scientist. He brings that same ecological approach to his job at Post.
Responsible Supplier Partnerships
Many of our largest commodity suppliers of wheat, corn, and other critical ingredients have established programs to promote biodiversity. These farms use methods like cover crops or reduced tillage to prevent soil from wearing out and to support the local ecosystem with more crop varieties.
Forests are essential to preserving the biodiversity of plants and animals and combating climate change. We are committed to managing deforestation risks in our supply chains and protecting and restoring forests and other critical natural ecosystems. Read more about our deforestation policy and commitment to sourcing 100% of our commodities with no deforestation impacts in our Responsible Sourcing section.
How You Can Help Reduce Food Waste
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each person in the United States wastes one pound of food every day. While the most significant improvements in food waste will come from manufacturers, there are several steps we can take at home to reduce food waste and save money.
- Buy only what you need: Before heading to the store, plan your meals for the upcoming week and buy only what you need. This will help you avoid impulse buying.
- Store food properly: Store food in airtight containers or wrap it up in foil, plastic wrap, or waxed paper. This will help keep food fresher for longer.
- Use frozen or canned food: Utilize frozen or canned foods when available, as they stay fresh longer.
- Compost: Composting is a fantastic way to reduce food waste and create nutrient-dense soil for your garden. Start taking steps to start your composting project!
Environmental Sustainability News & Stories
Hear about Post’s latest corporate social responsibility initiatives to protect the environment, give back to local communities and empower our people.
Post’s Niagara Falls cereal manufacturing plant has been a zero-waste-to-landfill facility for over five years thanks to our dedicated employees! Get an inside look at what zero-waste processes look like at Post.