Efficiency and Yield

Indicator Definition

Efficiency is expressed as the unit of input required to produce a unit of output, and yield is the total product generated per unit of time or space. Both concepts address waste as a negative characteristic and drive toward improved profitability.

Why is this indicator important to the packer and processor sector?

Efficiency and yield for the packer and processor sector of the U.S. beef supply chain focuses on addressing total amount of waste to landfill and the amount of waste per pound of beef produced sent to a landfill.

Metrics

Level 1: Is a program to divert waste from landfills implemented at the facility?

Level 2: How much mass of waste/head or mass of waste/finished product does your company divert from landfill?

Level 3: Does your company track waste reduction over time and set goals for continued improvement? Does your company participate in partnerships, initiatives or programs to further advance waste reduction strategies?

Why did we choose these metrics?

Waste reduction is relevant in all manufacturing facilities and impacts the environmental and financial performance of those facilities. In addition, this topic allowed USRSB to avoid potential conflicts or concerns regarding financial or proprietary information. Reducing waste at a manufacturing facility improves environmental performance, lowers costs of materials, lowers cost of labor, lowers costs of disposal, and results in a more efficient operation.

Desired Outcomes

As packers and processors implement strategies to address these metrics, the sustainability outcome improvements include:

  • Reduction in the amount of waste generated by the packer and processor sector
  • Reduction of waste to landfill
  • Ensuring the consumption of material resources and subsequent waste generation does not result in contamination of air, land and/or water
  • Reduction of waste through diversion and reuse whenever possible

Why do these outcomes matter?

Reducing waste at a manufacturing facility improves environmental performance, lowers costs of materials, lowers cost of labor, lowers costs of disposal, and results in a more efficient operation.

Success Criteria

1.   Increased number of facilities who have a program to divert waste from landfills

2.   Reduced mass of waste/head or mass of waste/finished product sent to landfill

3.   Increased number of companies who track waste reduction over time and set goals for continued improvement

4.   Increased number of companies who participate in partnerships, initiatives or programs to further advance waste reduction strategies

How does this metric continuously improve beef sustainability?

Composting waste and recycling processing and packaging materials reduces environmental impact, improves efficiency and can create economic value.

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