Five additional Brunswick facilities reach ‘zero to landfill’ status

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Brunswick Corporation, one of the world’s largest recreational marine technology companies, has confirmed five additional facilities have now reached zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWTLF) status.

The company says it is on track to meet its commitment of 45 ZWTL locations by 2030, with 27 facilities currently operating to this standard.

Brunswick says Mercury Marine Canada has attained zero-waste-to-landfill status at three distribution centres (Milton, Langley, and Victoria) as of May 2024.

Over the past year, these locations worked with Land ‘N’ Sea U.S.-based facilities, which all operate at ZWTL, to benchmark waste levels and execute their own waste diversion strategies, which include recycling, reusing, and energy recovery. These are the first Brunswick facilities in Canada to attain this goal.

Navico Group’s largest marine electronics manufacturing facility in Ensenada, Mexico, also met the 90 per cent waste diverted from landfill goal in May. The facility began baselining its waste in January 2023 and worked proactively with its waste provider over the past year to find alternative uses for key materials. This is Brunswick’s first facility in Mexico to attain this goal.

Mercury Marine’s EMEA Headquarters in Belgium (Plant 28) has achieved a 95.9 per cent waste diversion rate, which was certified to the Certification Standard for Zero Waste Facilities by SCS Global Services.

One of Mercury Marine’s Fond du Lac properties is seen from I-41 in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Royalbroil/WikimediaCommons)
One of Mercury Marine’s Fond du Lac properties is seen from I-41 in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Royalbroil/WikimediaCommons)

The majority of waste is being recycled, but the facility also leverages waste-to-energy and composting as landfill diversion practices.

“We are proud of the continued progress of team members around the world supporting Brunswick’s commitment to operating sustainably,” says Jennifer Koenig, Brunswick’s chief sustainability officer. “Combining these five facilities, we estimate that more than 850 tons of waste per year is no longer being sent to a landfill.”

The zero-waste process requires a facility to demonstrate a 90 per cent or higher diversion rate according to Brunswick’s standards, which include 90 per cent of non-hazardous waste materials from operational processes being recycled, reused, sent for waste-to-energy facilities, or otherwise eliminated.

Last month, Brunswick Corporation released its 2023 sustainability report detailing an improved performance on the previous year in reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption and water use.

The news comes a week after Mercury Marine staff spoke of “anxiety and confusion” after hundreds of layoffs at the company’s Fond du Lac headquarters.

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