ShopRite & the Environment
For decades, the ShopRite family has been concerned about the environment and conserving natural resources. Our stores have implemented policies, procedures and initiatives to reduce our environmental impact — from the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the ShopRites of Wharton and Garwood, N.J., to extensive recycling and composting efforts to the “GREEN” technologies such as super-efficient refrigeration systems and energy-saving lighting systems in many of our stores.
In addition to our in-store programs, our participation in local environmental initiatives gives us a chance to do even more for the world around us. These sustainability efforts allow us to work side-by-side with other community members looking to make a difference.
Photo (above, right): Solar panels on the roof of the ShopRite of Wharton, N.J.
ShopRite has been active in environmental initiatives for more than three decades – long before it became fashionable to do so.
Bag Re-Use Program ~In 1992, ShopRite implemented a bag reuse program. One of the first of its kind in the Northeast, customers who reuse their plastic, paper or any other re-usable shopping bag are rebated $.02 per bag off of their shopping order and since May 2008, those customers that choose to use a non-disposable bag are rebated $.05 per bag off their shopping order. In 2012, more than 61 million bags were reused by ShopRite customers. In fact, in the last 6 years ShopRite customers have kept approximately 260 million bags out of landfills! This means less trash was sent to the landfills AND fewer resources were needed to create new bags. click here.
Recycling Center ~ShopRite is also active in keeping other materials out of the waste stream. Since 1977, ShopRite has operated its own recycling center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The facility, which operates 16 hours a day, six days a week, recycles plastic bags, shrink wrap and corrugated cardboard. Since that time over 1.6 million tons of materials have been recycled! In 2012 alone, ShopRite recycled 123,546 tons of cardboard, 3,193 tons of plastics, 842 tons of newspaper, 389 tons of office paper, 97 tons of metal, and 2,461 tons of waxed corrugated cardboard. The recycling program is continually expanding. In 2006, ShopRite began recycling white stock pill bottles from its pharmacy department and in 2009, floral containers, wire bound wooden crates and fluorescent light bulbs were added to the recycling program.
ShopRite Earth News ~ To help educate its customers and communities, ShopRite publishes an environmental newsletter called ShopRite Earth News. Since 2000, this award-winning publication informs ShopRite customers on how they can become more “green” through reducing their own energy use, composting at home to reduce waste and other ways they can help reduce their impact on the environment. Click here to check out the newest edition.
ShopRite Earth Day Challenge ~
Each year, ShopRite conducts its own “ShopRite Earth Day Challenge.” This annual event challenges volunteers to beautify their communities by cleaning up litter from local parks and beaches, and planting flowers. In 2012, approximately 4,000 volunteers – all wearing gloves and using trash bags donated by ShopRite– gathered to clean up 30 communities in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut.
In addition to those steadfast programs, in 2012, the ShopRite of E. Norriton, Pennsylvania illustrated its commitment to sustainability when the entire store was retrofitted with energy-saving LED lamps – - enough annual energy savings to supply 95 homes with electricity for an entire year! In 2012, the ShopRites of Hatfield and Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania were awarded the EPA’s GreenChill Gold certification and the ShopRite of Selden, NY Silver certification for installing innovative and sustainable refrigeration and energy conservation systems. In addition, 16 ShopRite Stores (Browns Superstores, Delaware Supermarkets) are now taking the Food Recovery Challenge
For more information or to obtain gloves and trash bags for your community group, call 1-800-ShopRite.