Frito-Lay's Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., facility has become the city's first member of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track Program by demonstrating excellence in environmental management and committing to above-standard goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance.
The facility becomes one of only 41 California companies to receive Performance Track. Frito-Lay's sites in Wooster, Ohio, Orlando, Fla., Pulaski, Tenn., Canton, Ohio, Gothenburg, Neb., and Sidney, Ill., also were accepted into the program this year.
Performance Track recognizes facilities that have a strong record of
environmental compliance, set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond regulatory requirements, have internal systems in place to manage environmental impact, engage in community outreach and consistently report results.
"For nearly a decade, Frito-Lay Rancho Cucamonga has had a resource
conservation program that has helped the facility achieve significant
reductions in water, fuel and electricity use," said Leslie Starr Keating,
senior vice president, operations, Frito-Lay North America.
The Frito-Lay Rancho Cucamonga facility has several goals for environmental improvement over the next few years including reducing energy and water consumption, and using innovative waste reduction strategies to limit landfill waste.
The Jonesboro, Ark., site was the first Frito-Lay plant to join the program last year. Since the program's inception in 2000, its nearly 550 members have collectively reported greenhouse gas reductions of 310,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, reductions in nitrogen oxides of 13,000 tons and reductions of hazardous waste of 52,000 tons.