Our sustainability commitment focuses on preventing waste and, as a last option, diverting waste from landfills for better uses. We recognize that creating waste represents a lost opportunity. By focusing on prevention and improving waste management in our retail stores, manufacturing plants, distribution centers and construction projects, we gain both greater business value and environmental benefits.
Our goal is
to achieve zero waste by
committed to zero food waste by
waste diverted from landfill
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.
We use EPA’s Waste Management Hierarchy to guide our work, as we try to use the more preferred waste management methods in the hierarchy.
Source Reduction & Reuse
- Reducing waste at the source to avoid generating it in the first place.
- Collecting items for reprocessing and manufacturing into new products.
- Converting non-recyclable waste materials into useable heat, electricity or fuel.
Treatment & Disposal
- As a last resort, waste is treated if needed and disposed.
Several years ago, Kroger joined the EPA’s WasteWise Program. This nationally recognized program provides a tool to benchmark, measure, track and communicate our efforts in a more consistent and cohesive way.
Kroger's stores have focused on achieving zero waste for several years, using a variety of reduction and recycling initiatives. Our stores donate millions of pounds of unsalable food to those in need. Then we use our waste management programs to capture materials like cardboard, plastics, paper and glass—as well as inedible food and organics—for recycling. We also offer an in-store plastics recycling program for our customers.