Promoting sustainability on its farms is one of Monsanto Hawaii’s fundamental goals. As a result of this commitment, the company recently achieved the distinguished Zero Waste Facility Certification – Gold level, presented by Green Business Certification Inc. The first business in Hawaii to earn the national certification, Monsanto’s Upper Kunia Farm has successfully diverted 98 percent of its waste from landfills, incineration and the environment.
Monsanto’s Upper Kunia Farm has implemented effective waste management programs that include recycling, composting, reusing and repairing products to ensure that all universal waste is returned to society as a positive resource. The farm has also implemented sustainable purchasing policies and incentives to encourage employee participation.
The Zero Waste Certification program rates how well businesses perform in minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency in the use of resources. The goal for businesses participating in the certification program is to divert all end-use material from the landfill, incineration and the environment, while achieving a minimum of 90 percent diversion.