Protecting our environment is a responsibility we all share, which is why we’re doing our part to reduce waste and using our resources wisely.
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’re minimizing 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 Pickup 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.
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.
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.