Company has reduced landfill waste amounts by 30% since 2009.
The Kroger Corporation is working hard to prove itself in the sustainability field. In a recently released corporate sustainability report, the company says it has reduced the amount of trash going from it’s manufacturing plants to landfill by 30% in the last 2 years––that’s equal to about 22 million pounds of garbage being diverted for recycling and reuse.
Kroger has steadily increased recycling and reuse since 2007––by about 182% in fact. And last year, Kroger stores, plants and distribution centers recycled approximately 1.2 billion pounds of paper products and 26 million pounds of plastic.
“In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year,” said Rodney McMullen, president and COO of Kroger via press release. “We sent less waste to landfills, recycled more plastic, and provided our customers with five million more reusable bags.”
As the company began a program to provide reusable bags to customers, it also began implementing improved bagging techniques. This two-fold approach saved approximately 159 million plastic bags in one year alone.
The report also highlights other sustainability efforts by the Cincinnati-based food retailer. Energy saving methods employed by Kroger have saved more than 2.2 billion kilowatt hours. Equaling more than 1.41 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, it’s about the same as taking 275,000 cars off roads for one year.
The company also completed its first wind energy project, with two wind turbines installed at Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The turbines will supply 25% of the dairy’s annual electricity needs.
“Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations,” said McMullen.
As Kroger continues to meet its sustainability benchmarks, we can look forward to a more environmentally aware future for the supermarket chain.