Edison, NJ –Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite is this year’s winner of the Garden State Green Award in the Corporate Citizen category. The corporate award is given to organizations that have a significant positive impact on the environment through their daily business practices.
The Garden State Green Award is an integral part of the NJ Chamber of Commerce Garden State Green Fest and the annual PSEG Global Green Expo. Both events highlight a vast array of green topics from lifestyle and home and garden to construction, business, energy, and conservation. According to Ruth Coules, producer of the events, “The competition was strong and Wakefern Food Corp. should be very proud of this achievement!”
Wakefern/ShopRite is working on everything from reducing the amount of shopping bags in store to making more reusable bags available. The corporation has historically been active with recycling and taking materials out of the waste stream. In fact, in the last two years more than 70 million bags were reused by ShopRite customers and diverted from our landfills and in 2009 ShopRite recycled nearly 1110, 0000 tons of cardboard, plastic film, bags, newspaper, office paper and metal.
According to Karen Meleta, Wakefern VP of Consumer and Corporate Communications, “We have our own recycling center in Elizabeth, New Jersey which is helpful in this regard.” Wakefern is also in the early stages of composting, and is looking at the best options for that (e.g., regional composting where available, on-site digesters).
Additionally, a number of stores are moving toward energy efficient lighting as this saves significant amounts of energy. Wakefern is also keeping an eye on sustainable seafood, educating store associates, and providing information for customers to educate them about sustainability initiatives. Ms. Meleta added, “Sustainability is a journey. There is no way to totally change all of your practices in the blink of an eye, but there are ways to take very strategic measures to achieve these goals in all areas of operations.”