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Plastic Bag Ban Pitts Manufacturers Against Grocers

Plastic bag manufactures have raised $6.1 million to overturn California’s plastic bag ban, while its supporters including Albertsons Safeway and the California Grocers Association have raised about $1.4 million. In November, California voters will decide if they want to repeal the law — the first statewide ban on single use plastic … Read more »

Food Waste

Businesses Can Save Billions by Cutting Food Waste

Food waste is the single largest component of US municipal solid waste, it accounts for a major portion of the nation’s methane emissions — and it costs businesses billions. The US Department of Agriculture estimates the food retail industry lost almost $47 billion in 2010 (the most current figures) from … Read more »

Food Waste

Food Waste Reduction Goal Gets Industry Praise

Food retailers and agriculture companies including Kellogg, Sodexo, Wegmans Food Markets and Albertsons are voicing their support or the US’ first-ever national food waste reduction goal, which calls for a 50 percent reduction by 2030. As part of the food waste reduction effort, the federal government will lead a new … Read more »

Raley's

Raley’s Dumps Hazardous Waste, Pays $1.6M

Raley’s has agreed to pay about $1.6 million to settle a hazardous waste disposal lawsuit. The judgment is the result of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in San Joaquin County to stop the supermarket chain from unlawfully transporting and disposing of retail hazardous waste, according to 26 California district attorneys … Read more »

Albertsons to End Waste Disposal Case With $3.3M Payout

Albertsons supermarket chain has agreed to pay $3.3 million to settle allegations that its California stores illegally dumped hazardous waste, including batteries, pool chemicals and over-the-counter medication. Idaho-based Albertsons did not acknowledge any wrongdoing, but did agree to reform waste management practices at its 118 California stores. The settlement was … Read more »

Brookshire joins EPA GreenChill Partnership

Brookshire Grocery Co. has joined the EPA’s GreenChill partnership, an initiative that works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions. By joining GreenChill, Brookshire pledges to go beyond regulatory requirements to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change. Other food retailers that are currently members of GreenChill include Acme, Albertsons, Whole Foods, … Read more »

Giant Eagle, Albertsons, Whole Foods Among 2012 GreenChill Awards Winners

Pittsburgh’s Giant Eagle and Albertsons in Carpinteria, Calif., among other supermarkets, have won EPA awards for using more environmentally friendly refrigerants. The 2012 GreenChill Environmental Achievement Awards are part of the EPA partnership program that works with about 8,000 stores, representing more than 20 percent of the supermarket industry. According … Read more »