Jewel-Osco stores in Bloomington-Normal are serving as an example to the rest of that corporation. The company says the three stores in the twin cities have diverted 94% of their waste from area landfills, the first of the chain's stores to meet a 90% recycling goal. John Dunsing is the company's project manager.
That composting is the most recent piece of the puzzle. Dunsing says Jewel-Osco uses the Illinois State University Farms.
He says each store has reduced its landfill waste from well over 2,300 pounds per store per day to 130 pounds. That's a total reduction of about 7,000 pounds of waste per day.
The company has also donated more than 271,000 pounds of food to the Midwest Food Bank in the last twelve months. Dunsing says the ISU Ag Department's Paul Walker has provided key contacts that are allowing Jewel-Osco to roll out similar programs at many other Illinois stores. As Earth Day approaches this weekend, Dunsing says a number of grocery chains are moving in the same direction, though Jewel Osco may be an early adopter. Dunsing says the company's eventual goal is zero landfill waste.
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