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1 Successful Waste Prevention Strategies Grocery Industry Initiatives

2 Electronic communications reduce paper waste Food-banking prevents wasteful disposal of foods Grocery retailers and food manufacturers – primary food-bank supporters A huge industry commitment

3 Grocery Industry Initiatives Plastic Pallets Significantly greater number of trips or reuses vs. wood pallets Bulk foods – produce and natural foods Significantly reduces reliance on packaging

4 Grocery Industry Initiatives Growing volume of case-ready perishable foods Meats Produce Shrink-wrapping reduces reliance on cardboard and other more bulky, wasteful packaging

5 Successful Waste Prevention Strategies Hannaford Supermarket Innovations

6 Hannaford Supermarkets Innovations Customer Reusable Fabric Bag Program Distinctive, practical, durable reusable bags Over two million sold Refund-for-Reuse Bag Program Customers receive 5 cents for reuse of each fabric bag Popular with customers, easy Saves plastic and paper bags

7 Hannaford Supermarkets Innovations Reusable Plastic Shipping Crates Tens of thousands used everyday for shipping merchandise to stores Rx bottle recycling – reusing crates over and over = 0 waste Reduces wasteful use of cardboard & other materials Closed loop Shrink Control By Efficient Ordering

8 Hannaford Supermarkets Innovations Food Waste Disposal Hierarchy – less than 10% of food waste goes to landfills Top Priority – Food Banks receive ALL safe, edible non-salable foods Non-edible-by-humans, but safe bulk food wastes go to animal feed Compost Waste disposal

9 Barriers to Successfully Implementing Waste Prevention

10 Resistance to Change Consumer education – key Manufacturer motivations – new product introductions Global economy Cost Prohibitions Over-packaging vs. security, food safety & consumer protection

11 Barriers… Natural Reliance on our abundant resources Competitive vs. collaborative forces Consumer demand

12 Barriers… Understanding the greatest contributors to waste: Plastics & polystyrene (Styrofoam) Contaminated paper & wood fiber Glass, metal

13 Waste Prevention Where Could Vermont Focus? First identify – go after low hanging fruit Prioritize initiatives Focus on visible, user-friendly, tangible WINS Rethink and refresh through EDUCATION Reduce-Reuse-Recycle – Primarily REDUCE Share new ideas to stimulate change Create incentives to achieve objectives

14 Waste Prevention Efforts Encourage Local Involvement Solutions unique to Vermont Vermont-produced products Made in Vermont Closed loop works best locally Start with small steps

15 Key Grocery - Waste Prevention Strategies Encourage SUSTAINABILITY Culture Invest in future REDUCING waste – best for business Best ROI LEADERSHIP beyond compliance Innovation by suppliers

16 Key Strategies 0 Waste – A good goal, but Must be realistic Take one step at a time Measure and report progress Be willing to adjust and change

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