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Supervalu Plans to Convert 40 Stores to Zero Waste

pequot_lakes_supervalu.jpgFor the first time, Supervalu’s waste and recycling program posted a profit to the company's bottom line. For Fiscal Year 2011, the grocer reduced garbage expenses by 12.6 percent over last year's levels, while also conducting an aggressive cardboard recycling initiative that nearly doubled revenues from the previous year.
Supervalu plans to transition 40 stores – mostly under the Albertsons banner -- to zero waste operations during the company's current fiscal year, building on successes with two zero waste stores in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The grocery chain reported that it plans to accomplish this new goal by Feb. 29, 2012.  All of this information was released its corporate social responsibility (CSR) report highlighting this year’s achievements.
One of its greatest accomplishments was when it became the first food retailer to achieve zero waste classification at two of its Albertsons grocery stores last November.

"We are aggressively seeking ways to build on our sustainability achievements from this past year," said Andy Herring, executive vice president, real estate, market development and legal. "While this year's CSR report captures some of the excitement we shared in being the first food retailer to achieve zero waste in the U.S. at two of our California stores, we truly believe this is the tip of the iceberg for us."
Supervalu’s additional zero waste stores will be located primarily in the Albertsons banner, while also expanding similar efforts across the enterprise, the company said in a statement. To achieve zero waste, stores must divert at least 90 percent of all waste from landfills, which is accomplished through increased associate engagement, recycling, composting and the company's Fresh Rescue food bank donation program, to which Supervalu contributed more than 60 million pounds of food last year.

"Our commitment to significantly increase the number of zero waste stores is part of a long-term strategy for Supervalu to be a leader in the area of environmental sustainability," said Herring. "At the same time, we are committed to these projects because we've also seen that they make a positive financial impact on our business, a true win-win."

 

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Saving Resources

Reuse

Most of the materials that go into making what we use -- from airplanes to toilet paper -- are made from nonrenewable resources that are being rapidly depleted. U.S. reserves of oil, aluminum ore, and iron ore are disappearing. At today's rates of consumption, world copper reserves will be depleted in less than 100 years.

What you can do
Recycle materials you use- Recycling saves resources, decreases the use of toxic chemicals, cuts energy use, helps curb global warming, stems the flow of water and air pollution, and reduces the need for landfills and incinerators. Make an effort to participate fully in your town's or your building's recycling program. If there's no recycling program where you live, encourage local officials to start one. If you have a recycling program where you live, work to expand it. In the meantime, learn where you can take items such as paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, plastic, and tires to be recycled, then take your recycling there.

Buy recycled products- Look on the label for the products or packaging with the greatest percentage of post-consumer recycled content, which ensures that a percentage of materials have been used before. Try to buy paper products that have more than 50 percent post-consumer content.

Compost- Composting reduces the burden on overflowing landfills and gives you a great natural fertilizer for plants and gardens. Buy a composting kit at a garden supply or hardware store. Start with yard trimmings, fruit and vegetable food scraps, and coffee grounds.

Buy products with less packaging- A large percentage of the paper, cardboard, and plastic we use goes into packaging -- much of it wasteful and unnecessary. When you buy a product, look at the packaging and ask: Can it be reused? Is it made of post-consumer recycled materials? Is it necessary at all? Reward those companies that are most enlightened about their use of packaging by purchasing their products. Contact companies that overpackage and tell them you will be more likely to buy if they eliminate unnecessary packaging.

Use durable goods- Bring your own cloth bags to local stores. Replace plastic and paper cups with ceramic mugs, disposable razors with reusable ones. Refuse unneeded plastic utensils, napkins, and straws when you buy takeout foods. Use a cloth dishrag instead of paper towels at home, and reusable food containers instead of aluminum foil and plastic wrap.


Fast Facts

  • Each person throws away on average four pounds of garbage every day.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours.
  • One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water, so please dispose of used oil properly!

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

Home Yard Waste Compost Guide
http://www.compostguide.com/

The US Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov/compost

Landscape Lighting
A Consumer Guide to Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting
http://www.sitelights.com/

Solar Light Store
http://www.solarlightstore.com/

Saving Natural Resources
Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org

Organic Farming
Organic Farming Research Foundation
www.ofrf.org

National Agricultural Library
www.nal.usda.gov

Local Government & the Environment
Project Vote Smart
www.votesmart.org

Audubon Today
Audubon International
www.auduboninternational.org

    

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