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.”