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Mass. Grocery Stores Use Creativity to Achieve Zero Waste

Nearly two years ago, the State of Massachusetts passed a commercial food-waste ban that prohibits businesses and institutions that dispose of a ton or more of waste per week from sending it to landfill or incinerating it. Now, local grocery stores are stepping up their creativity efforts to achieve zero waste.

Find out what Stop and Shop, Roche Bros, Whole Foods, Big Y, Shaw’s/Star Market and Wegmans are doing to comply with the ban and become waste free.

The Washington Times has the details:

Almost two years ago, Massachusetts passed a commercial food-waste ban, prohibiting businesses and institutions that dispose a ton or more of waste per week from dumping it into landfills or incinerating it.

Since then, area grocery store chains have gotten more creative in efforts to become waste-free.

In April, Stop and Shop opened a green energy facility next to the company’s distribution center in Freetown, the second of its kind and the first of its kind on the East Coast, according to Phil Tracey, spokesman for Stop and Shop New England.

Every food item that cannot be donated to food pantries is brought to the facility that uses anaerobic digestion to turn the waste into a biogas that powers 40 percent of the 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center.

Read the full story here.

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