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Kroger highlights sustainable efforts

CINCINNATI — Kroger has released its fifth annual sustainability report.

 Some of the highlights noted in the report include:

  • Kroger stores reduced overall energy consumption by 30% since 2000. 

  • Company-wide, including all facilities, Kroger has saved more than 2.2 billion kilowatt hours.

  • Kroger completed its first wind energy project. Two wind turbines installed at Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster, Pa. will supply 25% of the dairy's annual electricity needs. 

  • Kroger's manufacturing plants reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by 30% since 2009 – a 22 million pound reduction.

  • Kroger sold and provided customers with more than five million reusable bags, an average of 14,000 per day.

  • Kroger stores, plants and distribution centers recycled more than 1.2 billion pounds of corrugated cardboard and paper.  

  • In partnership with customers, Kroger recycled 26 million pounds of plastic, a 180% increase in plastic recycling since 2007.

  • Kroger's ongoing hunger relief efforts provided the equivalent of 125 million meals to local families in 2010.

"Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations. In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year. We sent less waste to landfills, recycled more plastic, and provided our customers with five million more reusable bags – all while Kroger transported and sold more products than ever before," said Rodney McMullen, president and cCOO of Kroger. "At Kroger, we are committed to making the world a better place. And we're just getting started."

Read the full report and learn more about Kroger's sustainability initiatives at the new website www.kroger.com/sustainability.

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