making a difference together.

At Wegmans, we understand that environmental concerns will have profound effects for generations to come. While there are no simple solutions to these challenges, we are committed to using our resources wisely and eliminating waste to help protect our planet. As we learn new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle our resources, we’ll share our progress with you so you can join us on our journey of making a difference, together.

The many aspects of sustainability could easily lead us to spread our efforts too thin, so we’re placing our priorities on the areas where we believe we can make the most significant change right now. We’re actively making a difference in our communities by focusing on reducing waste in landfills, offering sustainable packaging, and reducing emissions.

Sustainability at Wegmans

* Based on 2019 results.
* Paper savings calculated using www.papercalculator.org

Reducing Waste in Landfills

As a member of the EPA’s U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions, we’ve committed to a 50% reduction in our food waste by 2030. First, we aim to minimize food waste at the source by using less-than-perfect produce and slightly blemished food in our culinary operations. Next, as part of our Perishable Pick-up Program, unsaleable perishable food items are picked up by local food pantries and food banks at Wegmans stores throughout the week for those who need it most. Finally, through innovative partnerships with farmers, composters, haulers, and recyclers, we’re keeping unavoidable food waste out of landfills by offering it as feed for local livestock or sending it for composting or anaerobic digestion.

Sustainable Packaging

To improve the sustainability of our packaging, we’re focused on using less plastic, reducing food waste, using renewable and recycled content, and increasing recyclability. We’ve committed to reducing our in-store plastic packaging made from fossil fuels, along with other single-use plastics, by 10 million pounds by 2024. To meet this, we’re eliminating some of our current plastic packaging and replacing it with materials made from plant-based renewable fiber. Our goal is to make sure our packaging is functional and performs as expected, while using materials efficiently and responsibly.

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Reducing Emissions

Reducing our emissions is an important part of increasing our overall sustainability, so we’ve committed to reducing our emissions from non-renewable energy sources and refrigeration systems. Some of our current initiatives include using compressed natural gas fuel in our truck fleet, increasing transportation efficiency, and using natural refrigerant technology at our stores and facilities.

Tractor Trailer