SPOKANE, Wash.—The Franz Bakery in Spokane became 100% landfill-free, achieving zero-waste status in the spring of 2014.
The 110,000-square-foot facility quit using landfills by recycling, reusing and re-purposing all of its waste.
The President and Chief Operating Officer at the 108-year-old family-owned bakery said leaders challenged all nine Franz facilities to reach zero-waste status. COO Marc Albers said the Spokane team rose to the challenge, becoming an inspiration and model for the rest of the facilities.
“The Spokane bakery’s achievement of becoming a landfill-free bakery fills our family business with tremendous pride,” said COO Marc Albers. “Producing delicious, fresh products isn’t enough for us. At Franz, we care deeply about the environment and are committed to doing all that we can to lesson our impact on the earth.”
The bakery introduced a comprehensive recycling program to eliminate garbage and waste. Leaders said the team found creative ways to reuse materials from all aspects of its operations, including product and packaging waste, scrap metals, equipment lubricant oil, and motor oil. Anything that couldn’t be recycled is now transferred to the waste energy plant to help power the region.
The Spokane facility opened in 1962 and grew to employ more than 450 people across the region in 2014. The bakery delivers products to grocery stores throughout Eastern Washington and Western Montana.