Fareway Stores, Inc. has a long-standing tradition of conserving natural resources that dates back to 1938. From the beginning, Fareway’s green initiatives have included recycling, reusing, and reclaiming, and these practices continue to be front and center as the company recognizes Earth Day.
In celebration, each Fareway store location will be handing out reusable grocery sacks to customers who spend $35 or more on Saturday, April 21, while supplies last. On this day and every day, shoppers are also encouraged to recycle their plastic grocery bags at the store. Simply look for the marked bin, and drop-off used plastic sacks.
Recyclable materials are collected at Fareway’s facility for initial processing, and then shipped to major recyclers for final disposal. Annual recycling numbers include:
12,500 tons of cardboard;
400 tons of plastic shrink wrap
4,500,000 plastic grocery sacks; and
5,000 gallons of waste oil.
Since 1955, Fareway has captured heat from in-store refrigeration compressors, reclaiming it to heat the building. This initiative has helped reduce each store’s carbon footprint and its success has led to development of other methods. Fareway’s green initiatives also include coordinating backhauls to save fuel, and the company is currently working on a food waste program and onboarding food rescue efforts at each store location.
“We are proud of our tradition and commitment to conserve natural resources,” said Fareway President and Chief Operating Officer Frederick R. Greiner. “These initiatives impact all of us and we are working hard to do our part."
Fareway Stores, Inc. is a growing Midwest grocery company currently operating 121 store locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Fareway holds family values in the highest regard, demonstrating integrity, fairness, and honesty in relationships with customers, employees, vendors, and suppliers. Visit Fareway.com for more information.