SUSTAINABILITY AT SHOPRITE
ShopRite has been active in environmental and community initiatives for more than four decades. We have always considered protecting the environment and helping our communities as the “right thing to do.” Sit back, relax and check out these stories of how ShopRite stores are working to make our planet a little bit greener
Grocery Bag Reduction
Our stores promote bag reuse and provide a broad assortment of reusable bags for shoppers. ShopRite is all about choice and offers three carry-out grocery bag options (paper, plastic and reusable “canvas”). Plastic bag recycling bins are located at the front of each store. Reusing, recycling and reducing the number of bags you use means less trash is sent to the landfill and fewer environmental resources are wasted.
We keep materials out of the waste stream and operate our very own recycling center. The facility recycled over 2.6 MILLION TONS of materials since first opening in the late 1970s.
We also keep food waste from ever going to the landfill. Last year we composted just over 11,000 tons of food waste and our stores donated just about 5,000 tons of food to community food banks.
Whether it is a national Food Recovery Challenge Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) or successfully obtaining certifications via the Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC), our stores are award winners. Last year, we added statewide conservation awards from the Audubon Society and Earth Share for our conservation and community involvement efforts, and a business award from the organization Organix for our successful composting program (see previous article).
Green Teams are groups of associates that work together to explore new ways to make our stores and facilities more sustainable. They also partner with community organizations and help support local environmental efforts. Right now, we have more than 100 Green Teams, and the number keeps growing.
ShopRite Earth Day Challenge
The annual ShopRite Earth Day Challenge dares volunteers to beautify their communities by cleaning up litter at local parks and beaches. Last year, approximately 4,000 volunteers— using one of our FREE Earth Day clean up kits—gathered in hundreds of locations in five states. To date, 55,000 volunteers have participated in the challenge over the past decade.
SHOPRITE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
When communities come together to improve the environment, they can really make a difference. ShopRite has worked for many years to cultivate partnerships with environmental organizations in our communities, and each year we add a few more. We now sponsor a number of national and statewide environmental organizations, and hundreds of other community groups.
Thank You to Our Sponsored Organizations
So much is possible when people come together to make a difference. ShopRite works with the following environmental organizations to create more sustainable communities: Audubon Societies of New Jersey & Connecticut, Blue Water Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Clean Communities of New Jersey, Clean Ocean Action (COA), Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI), Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, Delaware Estuary Partnership, Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN), Delaware River Sojourn, Edmund Niles Hyuck Preserve & Biological Research Station, Friends of Island Beach State Park, Greater Newark Conservancy, Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc., Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., Jersey Shore Partnership, KNOX Inc. of CT, New Jersey Highlands Coalition, New Jersey Envirothon, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Pollinator Partnership, Raritan Headwaters Association, Soundwaters of CT, The Nature Conservancy and The Wetlands Institute.