Material efficiency

Material efficiency and waste

Material efficiency at HKScan means primarily making use of animal raw materials and all parts of the carcasses, package development, minimising waste in production and food waste, and waste recovery.

Efficient use of materials have a beneficial effect on the environment. They help to mitigate climate change, reduce energy and water consumption, and maintain biodiversity.

Circular economy

We aim to develop business operations related to side streams of products of animal origin. The goal is to create circular economic business and to direct the side streams as efficiently as possible to other industries, such as leather, animal feed or pet foods. The remaining animal-based matter is used to produce biogas. Consequently, the environmental impact related to farm animals can be divided into the groups of products produced from by-products as well.

Packaging materials

HKScan is committed to sustainable development of more eco-friendly packaging and to improve material efficiency. Although packaging materials for meat and meat products and ready-to-eat foods are only a small part of a product’s overall carbon footprint, packaging solutions can also have effects in other ways, e.g. on biowaste generated by consumption.

HKScan Fact Sheet Packaging.pdf


For waste generated by our operations, we follow the waste hierarchy. In practice, this means preventing the generation of waste, reusing and recycling materials, the use of waste for energy, and landfill placement as the final option.

Read more about HKScan's investments in material efficiency and waste treatment in our annual report.