Brakebush strives to be environmentally responsible:
100% water recycling
We have our own well and water system
Ground water used in processing is treated in our water treatment facility and recycled/irrigated back on 378 acres of surrounding farmland
No community wastewater or water system burden
Ground water run-off control systems are in place. All run-off goes into a drainage pond where all particulates are collected so they don't contaminate surrounding areas
Amount of water used per number of pounds produced increased by 0.1% vs. 2017
Refrigerant Reuse We use environmental-friendly refrigerants to cool or freeze our finished products. 100% of refrigerants are reused with self-contained, closed loop ammonia system
Sustainable Land Stewardship Plan "The purpose of the Stewardship Plan is to encourage the growth of future commercial crops through sound forestry practices which consider the objectives of individual property owner, forest aesthetics, wildlife habitat, erosion control, protection of endangered or threatened plants and animals, and compatible recreational activities." The plan covers 1,355 forested acres.
Solid and Hazardous Waste
Recycle 100% of our cardboard. 903 tons in 2018. Cardboard is locally sourced in Wisconsin and use up to 70% recycled materials
All pallets are made in Wisconsin and 100% recycled
We meet or exceed EPA guidelines.
100% of all metal is collected and recycled
100% of vegetable oil is recycled into biodiesel or animal feed
Recycled nearly 140 tons of paper breading bags in 2018
1700 pounds of expired electronic equipment and almost 400 pounds of batteries were recycled in 2018
In 2018 all light fixtures were changed to LED allowing us to recycle 1400 pounds of old light fixtures. Energy savings from light fixtures compares to 967,040 pounds of coal burned.
Transportation Initiatives and Results
100% of fleet tractors are equipped with Auxiliary Power Units – saving an estimated 95,625 gallons of fuel per year
100% of fleet tractors have aerodynamic trailer skirts saving an estimated 31,500 gallons of fuel per year
Overall fleet average mile per gallon did not increase in 2018
100% of fleet tractors meet or exceed EPA 2010 emission standards
100% of company drivers utilize electronic logging devises. Zero citations issued by the FMCSA for Hours of Service violations.
Our drivers are incentivized for efficient driving practices. Drivers qualify for quarterly fuel mileage bonuses as well as one for reducing out-of-route miles.
Greenhouse gas reduction plan We continue to invest in new technology for new or updated production lines. We sent key team members to the Dept. of Energy Better Buildings Better Plants training program in 2018 to learn more about better energy saving initiatives