Fareway celebrates 80 years of green initiatives

BOONE — Fareway Stores Inc. has a long tradition of conserving natural resources that dates back to 1938. From the beginning, Fareway’s green initiatives have included recycling, reusing, and reclaiming and these practices continue to be front and center as the company recognizes Earth Day.

In celebration, each Fareway store location handed out reusable grocery sacks to customers who spend $35 or more on Saturday while supplies lasted. Fareway encourages shoppers to recycle their plastic grocery bags at the store.

Recyclable materials are collected at Fareway’s facility for initial processing, and then shipped to major recyclers for final disposal. Annual recycling numbers include:

• 850,000 pallets;

• 12,500 tons of cardboard;

• 400 tons of plastic shrink wrap;

• 4.5 million plastic grocery sacks; and

• 5,000 gallons of waste oil.

Since 1955, Fareway has captured heat from in-store refrigeration compressors, reclaiming it to heat the building. This initiative has helped reduce each store’s carbon footprint and its success has led to development of other methods. Fareway’s green initiatives also include coordinating backhauls to save fuel, and the company is currently working on a food waste program and onboarding food rescue efforts at each store location.

“We are proud of our tradition and commitment to conserve natural resources,” said Fareway President and Chief Operating Officer Frederick R. Greiner. “These initiatives impact all of us and we are working hard to do our part.”

Fareway Stores Inc. is a Midwest grocery company currently operating 121 store locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.