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Fareway keeps tradition of green beginnings

BOONE, Iowa -- Fareway Stores Inc.'s tradition of employing cost saving measures in order to pass along the savings to each customer, has been a common practice since 1938. From the beginning, Fareway's green initiatives have included recycling, ...

BOONE, Iowa - Fareway Stores Inc.’s tradition of employing cost saving measures in order to pass along the savings to each customer, has been a common practice since 1938. From the beginning, Fareway’s green initiatives have included recycling, reusing and reclaiming, and these practices continue to grow as Fareway expands across the Midwest.
Since 1955, Fareway has captured heat from in-store refrigeration compressors, reclaiming it to heat the building. This initiative has helped reduce each store’s carbon footprint and is so successful; it led to development of other methods. Fareway’s green initiatives include coordinating backhauls to save fuel and recycling the following annually:

  • 5,000 gallons of waste oil;
  • 850,000 pallets;
  • 400 tons of plastic shrink;
  • 12,500 tons of cardboard; and
  • 4,500,000 plastic grocery sacks.

Materials are collected at Fareway’s recycling facility for initial processing and then shipped to major recyclers for final recycling. Fareway’s initiatives have been recognized by energy partners, such as MidAmerican Energy and Alliant Energy. Accolades have been received from both companies for Fareway’s commitment to daily energy efficiency and projects.
“We are proud of our commitment and green practices here at Fareway,” said Fareway President and Chief Operating Officer Frederick R. Greiner. “Not only does this help preserve our precious natural resources, these initiatives also provide value to our customers every day.”
Fareway shoppers are encouraged to recycle their plastic grocery bags at the store. Simply look for the marked bin, and drop-off used plastic sacks. These bags are recycled and provide the Build With Bags Program the necessary material for producing benches, picnic tables and similar items for parks and schools.
Customers are also encouraged to bring in or purchase recyclable bags for use on shopping trips.

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