Albertsons, part of the nationwide SUPERVALU® family of grocery stores, today announced two of its Santa Barbara stores have reached "zero waste" classification in their daily operations. Using a combination of innovative recycling programs, a food donation program and a joint organic composting program with the City of Santa Barbara, the two stores now divert all non-contaminated waste from landfills and incinerators. In total, over 95% of all waste products from both stores are recycled, reused or composted - exceeding the 90% threshold commonly recognized as zero waste.
The two stores together divert annually on average 2,074,328 pounds of waste from the landfill, including 808,200 pounds of cardboard, 27,524 pounds of plastic and 2,688 pounds of paper.
Albertson is the first retail grocer in the U.S. to reach this "zero waste" achievement.