Taylor Farms Announces San Juan Bautista Becomes Fifth Facility to be Awarded TRUE Certification for Zero Waste; Wyatt Maysey Details

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Thu. April 18th, 2024 - by Chandler James

SALINAS, CA - A new certification has been bestowed upon a Taylor Farms Facility. The supplier announced that its San Juan Bautista, California, facility has become the fifth to receive TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), earlier this year. The certification program is used to define, pursue, and achieve zero waste goals while cutting operational costs, reducing carbon emissions, and encouraging cross-functional employee collaborations.

Wyatt Maysey, Director of Sustainability, Taylor Farms
Wyatt Maysey, Director of Sustainability, Taylor Farms

"At Taylor Farms, we are proud that our efforts at the San Juan Bautista facility have earned us this highly respected recognition through the TRUE certification," said Wyatt Maysey, Director of Sustainability for Taylor Farms. "This milestone reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability practices, reaffirming our dedication to creating a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come."

Complying with TRUE’s minimum program requirements, Taylor Farms' San Juan Bautista-based facility achieved an average diversion rate of 91.7 percent over 12 months. After following TRUE guidelines and exploring innovative solutions, the facility diverted 34,902 short tons of solid waste from landfill, incineration, and the environment, according to a press release.

The San Juan Bautista facility joins four other Taylor Farms operations that have received the TRUE certification, including:

  • Taylor Farms Gonzales, California
  • Taylor Farms Retail, Salinas, California
  • Taylor Farms Schillings, Salinas, California
  • Taylor Farms Guanajuato, Mexico
Taylor Farms announced that its San Juan Bautista, California, facility became its fifth to receive TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification

The San Juan Bautista facility also utilizes various renewable and alternative energy resources to help meet its sustainability goals. A newly developed microgrid project combines solar panels, battery and fuel cells into one integrated onsite power solution. The solar panels generate 1.9 MW of energy, with 2MW of battery storage and the fuel cells generate 6 MW of energy. The microgrid will be able to power 100 percent of the San Juan Bautista facility, improving its resilience against grid outages while reaping financial savings.

These combined efforts from the material management program and solar installation at the facility are estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 11,437 MTCO2e each year (calculations done using EPA WARM, ReFED Impact Calculator, and CCCE 2022 Power Content Label).

Congratulations to Taylor Farms!