Tuesday, April 23, 1991

Pineapples and Steel Complement Each Other at Dole

What do pineapples and steel have in common? One complements the other when they’re Dole pineapple products packaged in steel cans. Dole Packaged Foods Company has announced that it will be placing the steel recycling logo on steel cans containing its products.

“Every time a shopper picks up a can of our pineapple products and sees the logo,” said Bob McDevitt, Vice President of Technical Resources for Dole, “There will be a message there that the can is made of steel and it can and should be recycled. That’s why we’re doing this. We think it helps to raise recycling awareness.”

Among the products to bear the logo are Dole Sliced, Chunk, Tidbits and Crushed Pineapple products, Dole Pineapple Juices, and Dole Tropical Fruit Salad. These and other Dole products are distributed nationally.

“Our company is the number one producer of pineapple products in the world,” said McDevitt. “Our success has made us even more aware of the solid waste issues that confront every American. Dole is taking its environmental responsibility on other routes, including in-depth research into composting and efforts to explore the increasing use of packaging material with recycled content.”

Thursday, April 18, 1991

Geo. A. Hormel & Co. Promotes Steel Can Recycling

One hundred years ago when Geo. A. Hormel & Company began operation, environmental concerns weren’t the issue they are today. But Hormel, like many other environmentally responsible companies, has taken several steps to help preserve the environment.

One of these steps, according to Dennis Boik, Manager of Recycling and Waste management for Hormel, was to place the steel recycling logo on its products canned in steel. “We want to ensure that consumers recognize these cans are steel and are recyclable,” he said. “Recognition and awareness are important steps toward getting these cans recycled. We believe that, through our efforts, we’ll be able to help divert the approximately 200 million steel cans we use from landfills to their new life in the steel mill.”

Hormel products, such as chunk salmon, chicken and turkey; chili; ham patties and canned hams; MARY KITCHEN(r) Roast Beef Hash; DINTY MORE(r) beef stew; and vending-sized steel cans all display the steel recycling logo.

Hormel’s program to identify recyclable packaging began in mid-1990. Hormel has also instituted internal recycling programs for paper and packaging at its plants and its corporate offices. As Boik has noted, “Environmental issues are deeply ingrained in this company, and our efforts to identify recyclable packaging have been well received. Our steel packaging is recyclable and has recycled content - it’s important to continue the cycle.”

Thursday, April 4, 1991

Del Monte Adds Post-Consumer Steel Cans to Recycling Program

Plover, Wisconsin is home to one of Del Monte Foods’ can manufacturing plants and is a well-used steel can recycling location. Steel can scrap from the manufacturing process has long been shipped from the plant for recycling - and it still is today. But now this recycling program also includes post-consumer steel cans.

According to Pat Zalinski, Assistant Plant manager, “When we decided to initiate this internal recycling program, we sent a letter to our employees notifying them of the opportunity. He program has made progress, and now people are bringing their steel cans from home to our plant for recycling.”

By word of mouth, news of the program spread to the surrounding area, and as a result, various representatives from the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, St. Michael’s Hospital and several of the local public schools are now also using the plant as a recycling collection location for steel cans.

“We’re pleased that this recycling program has been so well received,” said Zalinski. “As a company, Del Monte Foods is very environmentally motivated. And it is important to us here at the plant to support the company’s efforts, as well as to help the community participate in recycling steel cans. We make the cans here, and we like knowing that they’re being recycled.”