Environmental Sustainability

Think GreenShopRite has been active in environmental and community initiatives for more than three decades –long before it became fashionable.

ShGreenopRite has always considered resource conservation the “right thing to do.” Read on to find out about the steps we have taken to minimize our impact on the environment and in the communities we serve!

Grocery Bags- Choose to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

ShopRite has promoted grocery bag waste reduction for many years. In 2014 approximately 60 million bags were reused by ShopRite customers, and about 1 million plastic grocery bags were recycled. In fact, in the last 7 years ShopRite customers have kept approximately 380 million bags out of landfills! This means less trash was sent to the landfills AND fewer resources were needed to create new bags

Introducing How2Recycle

Starting in April of 2015 – Earth Month, the How2Recycle Label will be found on ShopRite’s plastic and paper carry-out bags and is designed to remind ShopRite customers to recycle or reuse their bags. ShopRite also makes it easy for customers to recycle plastic bags, along with other flexible plastic packaging including product bags, bread bags, and case wraps, by providing recycling bins at the front of every store. And if you plan on making a pirate hat out of your next paper grocery bag, click here for instructions http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pirate-Hat. Find out more about How2Recycle at how2recycle.info.

We make it easy to recycle

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. To date, over 25,000 volunteers – all wearing gloves and using trash bags donated by ShopRite– have participated in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Call 1-800 ShopRite to receive free materials for your next community clean up!

ShopRite Beautifies Communities

Our Very Own Recycling Center

Did you know…..ShopRite has recycled more than 1.8 MILLION tons of materials to date? It’s true, ShopRite has long been active in keeping other materials out of the waste stream. Since the 1970’s, we have operated our own recycling center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The facility, operates 16 hours a day, six days a week, and recycles all kinds of materials from our stores.

ShopRite Recycles
ShopRite Earth News

To help educate our 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. We also include retail examples, so you know all of the things our sustainable ShopRite stores are doing to go green. Click here to view ShopRite Earth News 2015


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About Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, struggling cooperative with eight members – all owners of their own grocery stores – Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative is comprised of 50 members who today individually own and operate more than 250 supermarkets under the ShopRite banner in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. In 1996, Wakefern introduced PriceRite stores, extending the company’s reach into Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Today, there are over 50 PriceRite stores in six states. As the merchandising and distribution arm of ShopRite, PriceRite and The Fresh Grocer, Wakefern, together with its member companies, employ more than 50,000 people; making it one of the largest employers in New Jersey. In addition, Wakefern also distributes products to other supermarkets throughout the northeastern United States and Bermuda. Wakefern was named one of the 2011 and 2012 Best Places to Work in NJ by NJBIZ Magazine. In 2011, Supermarket News gave Wakefern its Retail Excellence Award and The Griffin Report named Wakefern its Retailer of the Year. Supermarket News also recently awarded Wakefern the 2013 Technology Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com.