Keasbey, NJ (April 21, 2023)
In recognition of this year’s Earth Day, ShopRite celebrates its continued commitment to sustainability and conservation. For over 40 years, ShopRite has supported sustainability efforts across its stores and advanced a wide range of initiatives that reduce food waste, bolster recycling, protect wildlife and protect the environment.
Specifically, ShopRite’s sustainability and conservation efforts are highlighted by:
ShopRite works closely with One Tree Planted to create a more sustainable future by helping plant 25,000 saplings in areas where stores operate, and supports its mission to plant local, native tree species in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.
America’s Grow-a-Row Impact Partner
ShopRite also supports America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission to help people in need through volunteer efforts of planting, picking, rescuing and delivering free fresh produce. ShopRite was recognized as a 2022 Impact Partner, helping expand America’s Grow-a-Row’s great work through financial support and in the fields as volunteers.
Reducing Food Waste
ShopRite is dedicated to food donation and composting as ways to reduce waste. Stores donate more than 5,000 tons of fresh food annually, and successfully diverted nearly 20,000 tons of food waste from landfills in 2020.
ShopRite has recycled more than 2.6 million tons of materials since creating its own recycling facility in the late 1970s. The commitment to recycling today extends across all ShopRite stores, with dedicated recycling bins and a renewed focus on Own Brand products. Many Own Brand items, including Paperbird™ home-cleaning products and Bowl & Basket™ food and beverage products, feature a special How2Recycle® label developed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The organization’s easy-to-read How2Recycle® label is an important part of ShopRite’s sustainable packaging efforts.
Each year, many of our ShopRite stores participate in community and in-store cleanup efforts on Earth Day and beyond. Remarkably, more than 55,000 volunteers have dedicated time and effort to Earth Day Challenge-community cleanups over the past decade.
About Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative includes nearly 50 member families who today independently own and operate hundreds of supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market, Gourmet Garage, and Fairway Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com