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Care for the Environment

At Stop & Shop, we believe that serving our customers also means doing our part to leave a happier, healthier world for generations to come.

Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

Reducing our Environmental Footprint

We’re always looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions throughout our stores and supply chain. We also encourage our customers to adopt greener behavior, through a variety of programs designed to make Earth-friendly practices easier than ever.

Billion Bag Reduction

Since, 2011, Stop & Shop and its parent company have made it our mission to reduce the use of plastic bags in our stores. Through more efficient bagging on the part of our associates, as well as programs like our “Better Bagging” campaign—which distributes reusable tote-bags to customers—we’ve successfully removed over 1 billion plastic bags from the waste-stream.

Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to encourage organizations to adopt green power and measure their overall compliance. In 2016, Stop & Shop’s parent company, Ahold USA, was ranked the 19th largest green power user in the US, and 4th among the nation’s top retailers.

Waste Reduction Food Bank

Waste Reduction

In 2015, 88% of all food waste generated by our stores was diverted to some place other than a landfill, through composting, recycling, and donations to regional food banks. By 2020, we aim to increase that number to 90%.

Green Energy Facility

Our distribution center in Freetown, Massachusetts converts inedible food waste into clean, green energy. Using a natural process called “anaerobic digestion”, the facility obtains almost 40% of its energy solely from recycling.

Recycling for a Better Tomorrow

Recycling for a Better Tomorrow

In addition to reductions in food waste, we’re also committed to streamlining our supply chain and distribution efforts, to cut down on unnecessary packing materials.

Cardboard recycling

During 2015, we saved over 1.8 million trees by recycling cardboard. Every ton of recycled cardboard saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water.