Business unit also reuses over 4 tons of cardboard


JBS, the world’s largest protein processor, is also one of Brazil’s biggest plastic recyclers. It recycles over 6 thousand tons of plastic each year. This is equivalent to 1 billion supermarket bags, or approximately 376.5 million 30-liter trash bags.


JBS Ambiental has implemented a closed cycle for plastics that innovates at each of the three stages in this process. First, virgin resin is purchased to make food packaging for JBS Carnes.


When it is disposed of, the packaging is returned to JBS Ambiental and is converted into covers for the pallets that JBS Couros uses to export its products. Once the covers have been used, they are sent back to JBS Ambiental and converted into trash bags which are then distributed to every JBS plant in Brazil.


“Our main goal is to keep the same plastic in the company’s production chain for as long as possible, adding value to the resulting products, resources and materials, which reduces waste and provides overall sustainability gains”, said Susana Carvalho, JBS Ambiental director.


In addition to reusing plastic, JBS Ambiental also recycles over 4 thousand tons of cardboard from JBS units and other waste annually.


JBS Ambiental was recently highlighted during the 9th edition of Energiplast, a forum on the Circular Economy for Plastics, held in Rio Grande do Sul. During a panel discussing recycling initiatives, Susana Carvalho explained how the company has implemented a closed cycle for used and recycled plastics as part of its business operations.


The event was attended by institutions involved in the circular economy for plastics, technology companies, area specialists and other guests, as well as JBS, to discuss who they manage their waste.