Ahold USA’s retail divisions have eliminated one billion grocery bags from the environment. Ahold USA’s retail divisions—Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Martin’s and online grocer Peapod—committed to this billion-bag reduction milestone in 2011 and reached the goal this summer.
“Our retail divisions each set a goal to achieve zero waste by 2020 through diverting 90 percent or more of their total waste from landfills,” said Marissa Nelson, SVP of responsible retailing and healthy living at Ahold USA. “The billion-bag reduction is an important component of our businesses’ overall sustainable retailing efforts and their work to help customers save money, save time and eat well. With associates and customers using fewer grocery bags, fewer will end up in our landfills or littering our communities.”
Over the past five years, Ahold USA’s retail divisions have encouraged customers to remember to bring reusable bags with them each and every time they shop. In addition, better bagging efforts were introduced to division cashiers and baggers to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags used by ensuring they are properly filled and avoiding extra bags unnecessarily.
Ahold USA’s other sustainable retailing efforts include food waste and energy reduction. In addition to donating bakery items and other dry goods to regional food banks, the retail divisions have donated millions of pounds of high-quality meat products to local and regional food banks through the Meat the Needs program. Additional sustainability efforts include Stop & Shop’s investment in its Green Energy Facility and each division’s installation of solar panels, energy-efficient refrigeration units and the expansion of cardboard recycling programs at its stores.