Del Monte Foods' Buffalo plant, which manufactures Milk-Bone dog biscuits, is among three of the company's plants to earn a SEED Award for waste reduction.
Because of initiatives that ran from 2007 to 2012, the plant became the first Del Monte manufacturing facility to reach zero landfill status through waste-reduction and energy-conversion programs.
The Buffalo plant, located at 243 Urban Street, is a key Milk-Bone manufacturing facility.
Del Monte's SEED (Sustainability Excellence and Education) award winners received plaques to display at their facilities, and $1,000 apiece to donate to local charities.
As a company, Del Monte Foods has set sustainability goals in areas of water, waste and energy that it wants to achieve by 2016. As of 2012, Del Monte has surpassed its goals in waste to landfill reduction and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation, and is on its way to achieving a 20 percent reduction in fresh water usage and 15 percent reduction in packaging materials.