Mountaire Farms is working with Interstate Container and Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery, an industry working group, to convert packaging at its largest poultry plant to recyclable, wax-alternative boxes in order to reduce environmental impact and costs. Along with the conversion to recyclable boxes, Mountaire Farms is transitioning its entire product line to modified atmosphere packaging.
The introduction of newly designed recyclable boxes combined with the elimination of ice-packed poultry could save more than 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, millions of gallons of water, and improve efficiency and streamline operations, according to Global Green. Additionally, restaurateurs and grocers may benefit from cost savings through avoided disposal fees.
Global Green estimates that, if the entire food packaging industry converted to this packaging, it would annually eliminate 1.5 million tons of trash from waxed corrugated boxes in the United States and save more than 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.