Organics retail giant expands its existing program, and will now convert 80% of its food waste into landscaping fertilizer.
Expansion can be a good thing, especially when it means Whole Foods Market is expanding its composting program to include more Chicago area stores!
As Mattermore reported back in the summer, Whole Foods Market is serious about composting. Now, stores in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, Deerfield, Naperville, Palatine, Northbrook and Evanston are joining the stores in Schaumburg and Sauganash, which began composting last February.
WFM has set up collection points for food scraps in its administrative and customer service areas, to be placed into a compost container at the rear of the store. There is also collection of expired items from all store departments for the composting program.
All of the organic waste is then pick up by Waste Management and taken to a site in Romeoville, Illinois. There, it’s mixed with other collected yard wastes. Mother nature does her thing for about six months, and then, tadaaaa! Compost has become organic fertilizer for use in landscaping.
“Prior to composting, everything went into the trash because the store couldn’t recycle it,” said Kaili Harding, marketing manager of Whole Foods in Schaumburg. “It was a learning process. Now we use only a small little bin for our landfill waste, and what used to be a large garbage compactor is now our compost compactor.”
So, maybe not all expansion is good. You’ve gotta look out for an expanding waistline and expanding debt––and even an ever expanding universe sounds a little scary. But expanding composting in Chicago to turn used food into fertilizer? Go ahead and expand away––garbage never looked so good!