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Celebrating Earth Day by Reducing Plastic Waste

Albertsons Sustainability

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Apr 16th, 2018

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This year, Earth Day is focused on plastic pollution and the lasting effects on our planet. There’s growing concern that plastic, in addition to littering our beaches and clogging our waste streams, is threatening marine wildlife and may end up in our food. Plastic pollution can come from a variety of sources, including clear film in plastic bags or product packaging. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating island of plastic waste between Hawaii and California, is now twice the size of Texas because of the increasing amount of plastic waste! While fishing nets make up half of the plastic waste in the Patch, plastic debris such as water bottles, straws, wrappers and smaller fragments of plastic packaging, also account for a significant portion.

How Are We Helping?

Albertsons is committed to reducing plastic waste on Earth Day and every day by reducing, reusing and recycling plastic in our facilities. In 2017, our family of stores recycled nearly 24 million lbs. of plastic film from stores and distribution centers. Our partners at Trex Company, Inc., a manufacturer of composite lumber that is commonly used for decking, railings and other commercial purposes, have helped us take plastic recycling a step further. Trex products use recycled plastic film and approximately 1,000 pounds of plastic bags in just one 500-square foot composite deck. Last year alone, the plastic we recycled helped create more than 11,000 composite decks, which is the equivalent weight of more than 3,300 elephants!

Trek Deck

The reusable shopping bags in our stores are also made of post-consumer resin, reducing the amount of plastic going to the landfill. The bags are printed with water-based inks and without heavy metals, utilizing energy efficient and clean product processes. 

We are also working towards zero waste across all our manufacturing operations. Our manufacturing facilities have committed to zero waste by 2022. In 2016, 11 of our 18 facilities were zero waste having achieved over 90% diversion from landfill.

How Can You Help?

We can all make a difference in reducing plastic pollution by being mindful of our consumption and by reusing or recycling plastic whenever possible. So how can you help? Take your own reusable bags grocery shopping, opt for reusable coffee cups or water bottles, reuse straws and look for alternatives that reduce single-use plastic. You can also return plastic bags or clear film at select Albertsons stores.

Reusable Bag

Together, let’s celebrate Earth Day today and every day! Comment your Earth Day tips below and share on social with your friends!

3 Responses to Celebrating Earth Day by Reducing Plastic Waste

  1. heather Jay 30/04/2018 at 4:52 pm

    always use left over water to water plants

  2. Josh Cottrell 02/05/2018 at 2:37 pm

    Dear Albertsons,

    Thank you for waste reduction programs you have already implemented. I have some feedback for further improvements going forward.

    1. Stop supplying single use plastic bags. I noticed that the State Street store has paper bags in the produce area. That’s great! let’s make this the only option for all stores. You also have signs reminding people to save plastic by bringing their own bags. This is great, but it would be even better to remove the plastic bag option entirely.

    2. As a result of the new Boise trash guidelines, many additional items (deli to-go, some produce, etc.) must now go into the trash bin (landfill.) As a partner of the Boise community, does Albertsons have any
    plans to minimize this impact by modifying packaging practices?

    • Customer Support 04/05/2018 at 1:34 pm

      Hello Josh, thank you very much for the great ideas. We will be happy to get this over to the appropriate Department for their review and consideration. Have a wonderful day! -Wendy

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