H.E.B. Supports Texas Recycling Initiative
New York City H.E. Butt Grocery Co. is backing a new piece of legislation in Texas that would require businesses to maintain on-site recycling bins for plastic bags at retail stores, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.
The bill would also require grocers to offer customers reasonably priced reusable bags, with a goal of reducing the amount of plastic bags consumed by Texans.
H.E.B. already has bins at its store entrances for recycling not only its own plastic bags, but all soft plastics. The retailer sells a variety of reusable bags.
As part of the education campaign, H-E-B is also training its checkers how to property sack groceries in a reusable bag, the report said. Signs at the entrances are being used to remind customers to bring in their reusable bags. The grocer has also begun handing out reminder key tags that can be placed on a customer’s key ring.
Raley’s Joins EPA’s GreenChill Partnership
West Sacramento, Calif. Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership and voluntarily committed to reducing refrigerant emissions to help fight climate change and protect the Earth’s ozone layer.
“For a number of years, Raley’s has shared the EPA’s commitment to decreasing refrigerant emissions through efficient HVAC systems and proprietary store design,” said Ed Estberg, Raley’s senior director of facilities. “This new partnership demonstrates our commitment to being an environmentally conscious retailer and supports our mission to be good stewards of the Earth.”
EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with food retailers to promote green technologies, strategies, and practices that protect the stratospheric ozone layer, reduce greenhouse gases, and save money. Under the agreement with the EPA, Raley’s has committed to the following:
- Require all new and remodeled stores to be free of ozone-depleting substances, in advance of the Clean Air Act phase-out requirements;
- Establish an emissions inventory and meet annual emissions reduction targets; and
- Develop a refrigeration-management plan that lists technologies, strategies, and practices used to achieve emissions reductions goals.
According to the EPA, GreenChill partners in the food retail business have refrigerant emissions rates nearly 50% lower than the EPA-estimated industry average.
Food Lion to seek LEED certification for new S.C. store
Food Lion LLC will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its store in Summit Commons Shopping Center, Columbia, S.C.
“By building the first LEED grocery store in our company’s history and in South Carolina, we are reducing energy costs by more than 20% compared to a typical supermarket as well as conserving 44% more water,” said Kyle Mitchell VP store development Food Lion.
The store features environmentally friendly construction and energy-efficient services, including high-efficiency lighting that dims lights based on natural sunlight in the store; LED lighting in the frozen food cases; low-flow and sensor-activated water fixtures in restrooms; and bathroom partitions made from 100% post-consumer recycled material.
In addition, environmental education is offered via kiosks and signage throughout the store.