Kroger’s manufacturing plants reduced their amount of landfilled waste by 30 percent in 2010 when compared with 2009, the Cincinnati-based grocery store chain announced in its new Sustainability Report. The report also states that Kroger’s stores, plans and distribution centers recycled approximately 1.2 billion pounds of paper products and 26 million pounds of plastic in 2010; the latter figure represents a 180 percent increase since 2007.
“Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations,” said Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of Kroger, in a press release. “In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough money to power the city of Fort Worth [Texas] for a full year. We sent less waste to landfills, recycled more plastic, and provided our customers with 5 million more reusable bags — all while Kroger transported and sold more products than ever before.”
Kroger’s 2010 Sustainability Report is available here.