Nissin Food Holdings has announced its decision to switch to sustainable energy through Waste-To-Energy plants as their main source of electrical power for its headquarters in Tokyo by the end of this year.
Waste-To-Energy, also known as WtE, is an alternative waste elimination process for un-recyclable waste. These wastes are burned at WtE plants, which are then converted into energy such as electricity or heat. Some of its benefits include the reduction of CO2 emissions, the security of energy supply and climate protection.
This strategy utilized by Nissin Food Holdings is part of its goal to promote sustainability for its disposed cup noodle containers and food scraps. Currently, oil-stained cup noodle containers are regarded as combustible waste, which is difficult to recycle. To address that, WtE will be implemented. Non-biodegradable waste such as cup noodle containers and food scraps will be burned at a third-party WtE plant. The energy generated at the plant will be used as electrical power to support the headquarters of Nissin Food Holdings in Tokyo.
On top of that, the company will be swapping out a portion of the plastic used in their cup noodle containers to biomass materials with carbon-neutral properties, also known as Biomass ECO Cups.
All in all, WtE is an effective waste treatment method that can reduce the volume of waste by up to 90 %. It serves as a potential replacement for conventional fossil fuel power plants. It is a sustainable waste management process that complements recycling and encourages a circular economy, prolonging the lifespan of resources.
WtE is Nissin Food Holdings’ first step toward sustainability. It is a reflection of the company’s direction toward zero waste. They aim to expand on their innovation, technology, and research on recyclable materials of their products.
(This article was originally published on Zenbird Media.)