April 20, 2015
Contact: Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
Stop & Shop Celebrates Earth Day 2015
Helps Area Residents to Become More Environmentally Friendly
Purchase, NY (April 20, 2015) – The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC has a strong focus on greener efforts from reducing impact of its own operations to offering support to customers to make environmentally-friendly decisions. In recognition of Earth Day on April 22nd, Stop & Shop is supporting events with local schools and charitable organizations throughout the week by donating free reusable bags to students and customers to encourage them to reduce their ecological footprint.
Stop & Shop focuses on greener efforts throughout the year. By 2020, the grocer has set a goal of getting to “zero waste,” by diverting 90% of waste going into landfills and incineration through the expansion of recycling programs. Stop & Shop’s organic recycling program includes increasing consumable food bank donations such as bakery items and frozen meat to regional food banks. In 2014, Stop & Shop donated more than 2 million pounds in safe frozen meat through its Meat the Needs program, diverting from landfills and onto the plates of those in need. Food that cannot be donated is reused as livestock feed or for compost. All Stop & Shop stores and its distribution centers are also focused on recycling cardboard, shrink film and plastic bags. Approximately 50,000 tons of cardboard is recycled by Stop & Shop annually.
Stop & Shop has a companywide goal of reducing disposable bags by 1 billion and is achieving this by reminding customers to bring reusable bags with them each and every time they shop. In 2014, Stop & Shop saved approximately 69 million plastic and paper bags thanks to customers who regularly shopped with reusable bags. Customers are also asked to recycle their plastic bags in the collection bins located at all stores.
Several stores continue to use reusable energy sources to power up their facility through the installation of solar panel systems, leading to a reduction in emissions and dependence on power from local utility companies. Stop & Shop recently announced that a Bloom Energy fuel cell will power the company’s Mt. Vernon, New York store. The 250 kW system at this location will generate more than 2 million kWh each year, resulting in carbon reductions of more than 700,000 lbs. of CO2 annually.
Stop & Shop is also in the midst of constructing the company’s first anaerobic digester at its distribution center in Freetown, Massachusetts. This zero waste solution uses existing transportation systems to generate clean, sustainable power. Food from the stores that goes unsold and is unable to be donated is transported back to the distribution center. By recreating the natural process of anaerobic digestion, the carbon in food is cleanly and efficiently converted into a biogas and used as a power source. Once operational, the anaerobic digester will offset more than 40% of the Freetown facility’s energy use.
Newer Stop & Shop stores continue to be built with innovative green building technologies that reduce energy consumption, conserve water and reduce the environmental impact of operations. Stop & Shop also makes its existing stores more energy efficient by improving the efficiency of the refrigerated and frozen food cases and installing LED lighting. Four Super Stop & Shop stores in the New York metro area have received Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design for New Construction, (LEED) NC* certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the national accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.
*NC – New Construction
About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.