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West Liberty Foods: Landfill Free Earth Day and Every Day

Have you seen the movie Wall-E?  It’s a cute movie, with a serious message.
In the movie, Earth has been covered in garbage, to the point that it cannot sustain life.  Humans now live in a space colony, and send probes back to Earth to see if conditions improve.  When one of the probes finds a live plant, the humans decide to return to Earth.

The movie ends with the humans planting something, and the leader declaring to the children, “This is called farming! You kids are gonna grow all kinds of plants! Vegetable plants, pizza plants. [laughs] Oh, it’s good to be home!”
The captain clearly knows little about farming, and has obviously failed at taking care of the Earth, but here, in real life, there is a company that is doing both successfully!

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West Liberty Foods processes turkey in Iowa. They supply processed meat for several different companies, including a few national chains you may have heard of. In addition to their plants in West Liberty, IA and Mt. Pleasant, IA they have another processing plant in Tremonton, Utah.  And all 3 of the plants are certified “Landfill Free.”

The status was verified by NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd., making West Liberty Foods one of the first companies in the nation to have the “landfill free” status verified by a 3rd party source.

West Liberty Foods recently bought another plant, in Bolingbrook, IL and is working to make it Landfill Free as well.

And not only is the waste NOT going to a landfill, it’s actually being recycled! Check out these stats (from the WLF website.)

  • The Mt. Pleasant facility demonstrated that 80% of its total pounds of waste is currently being recycled or composted while 20% is going to a waste-to-energy facility.
  • The West Liberty facility demonstrated that 98.47% of its total pounds of waste is currently being recycled or composted while 1.53% is going to a waste-to-energy facility.
  • The Tremonton facility demonstrated that 91.08% of its total pounds of waste is currently being recycled or composted while 8.92% is going to a waste-to-energy facility.

The Iowa Turkey Federation is proud to work with farmers and processors dedicated to preserving our Earth.

Check out these other examples of turkey farmers doing what’s best for the environment:

Concerned to Confident: A Turkey Farmer’s Story

Solar Panels are Standout Performers on Turkey Farm