Green from the Beginning
Fareway Stores recognized the importance of conserving our natural resources, long before "green initiative" and "carbon footprint" became part of our everyday language. In 1955, we began heating our stores by reclaiming heat generated by refrigeration compressors. Back then, environmental issues weren't a focus, but Fareway found ways to conserve, so we could pass the savings along to our customers.
Recycling efforts expanded
The operation was so successful it led to development of other methods for recycling materials: wooden pallets, waste oil, tires, antifreeze, batteries, scrap iron, aluminum, magazines, newspapers, waste paper, ink cartridges, fluorescent bulbs, plastic shrink wrap, plastic grocery sacks, and plastic bottles.
Today we recycle:
- 850,000 pallets per year
- 12,500 tons of cardboard per year
- 400 tons of plastic shrink wrap per year
- 4,500,000 plastic grocery sacks per year
- 5,000 gallons of waste oil per year
Materials are collected at our recycling facility for initial handling and then shipped to major recyclers for final processing.
Remembering to reduce and reuse
- We started recycling cardboard at both the stores and warehouse in the late 1960s.
- We work with shipping companies and local manufacturers to coordinate backhauls, which allow a driver making a delivery to return home with a loaded truck rather than an empty one, saving fuel.
- Even simple steps, such as offering reusable cloth-like shopping bags made from recycled plastic make a difference.
While we've made great strides, we promise to continue searching for ways to positively impact our environment.