For the second year in a row, Stater Bros. has received a Waste Reduction Award for its environmentally friendly programs from California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP).
In total, Stater Bros. eliminated 125,780,911 lbs. of waste from landfills in 2011.
The company’s significant green programs include:
• Recycling cardboard (eliminated more than 70 million lbs. from landfills in 2011);
• Green Waste Composting Program (eliminated nearly 40 million lbs. from landfills in 2011);
• Recycling sustainable rendering products (eliminated more than 8 million lbs. from landfills in 2011);
• Donating food to local food banks (eliminated more than 3 million lbs. from landfills in 2011); and,
• Recycling plastic bags (more than 2.7 million lbs. from landfills in 2011).
In addition, the company’s weekly ad is printed on recycled paper, and Stater Bros. participates in California’s Voluntary Demand Response Program to reduce energy consumption at store level when demand is high.
“Stater Bros. believes in doing the right thing for the right reason,” said Jack H. Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. Supermarkets. “Protecting our environment is the ‘right thing,’ and the ‘right reason’ is so future generations can live in a better world.”
WRAP has been recognizing the environmentally friendly business strategies of California businesses since 1993.
Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, Calif., and has since become the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino Riverside counties. The company currently operates 167 supermarkets.
In the photo above: Stater Bros. recycled more than 70 million lbs. of cardboard last year.