Retail food giant expects to have 40 zero waste stores by 2012.
Supervalu, Inc., the Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based parent company of grocery chains like Albertson’s, Shop ‘n Save, Cub Foods and Farm Fresh, has announced that it will expect 40 of its stores to comply with a zero waste policy by February 2012.
According to the company, its recycling revenues exceeded its landfill expenses for the first time in the firm’s history in 2010. This success, along with the fact that the company already has two zero waste Albertson’s stores located in southern California has convinced the company that it can successfully move toward zero waste in 40 other locations.
Participating grocery stores will have to divert at least 90% of their trash from local landfills to receive the zero waste designation from Supervalu, Inc.
The commitment to significantly increase the number of zero waste stores is part of a long-term strategy for Supervalu. And with Supervalu’s stated goal of becoming a leader in sustainability, the company is moving quickly to reposition itself as a waste-conscious choice for consumers.