Our sustainability commitment focuses on first preventing waste where possible and then diverting waste from landfills to better uses, such as recycling and composting. Managing our waste responsibly is an opportunity to protect natural resources and gain efficiencies and business value in our operations.
That's why we set ambitious goals to reduce the amount of waste generated and to divert at least 90% of our waste from the landfill — to become a zero waste company.
Read more in the Zero Waste section of our full 2019 Sustainability Report.
Track progress on our 2020 Sustainability Goals.
Measuring and Prioritizing Waste Management
We use EPA’s Waste Management Hierarchy to guide our work. Our aim is to move our waste management up the hierarchy as much as possible: to adopt reduction, reuse and recycling before sending waste to the landfill.
Tracking, synthesizing and analyzing our waste management data is critical to making progress on our zero waste goals. Kroger joined the nationally-recognized EPA WasteWise Program several years ago and we use their reporting tool to measure and track our progress consistently over time.
Our stores donate millions of pounds of unsalable food to those in need, reducing food that goes to waste. Our waste management programs capture materials like cardboard, plastics, paper and glass—as well as inedible food and organics—for recycling. We also offer an in-store plastic film recycling program for our customers.