Walmart made a step in the right direction a few years ago, when they changed company policy by upgrading their recycling program.
Thank you, Walmart.
I was fortunate enough to be able to watch it all unfold, in several stores. Most of what I got to see, and I was most interested in was, produce, meats, and the “Feeding America” program.
To me, it was a beautiful sight, being able to actually witness one of the largest companies in the world beginning to FINALLY take responsibility when it comes to the waste they singularly are responsible for… worldwide.
When Walmart expanded into grocery, their responsibility “grew” into the food we eat, and it’s waste byproducts. If you know anything about the inner workings of big box stores, there is always the “most intense” department, in Walmart, it is PRODUCE, no wonder.
Unfortunately, the focus of most big box grocery stores corporate policy is appearance of; perky and abundance, much more than scrutinizing quality and efficient waste disposal.
It is a known fact that these stores are more concerned about the “big-size” grocery looking abundant than the waste produced to accomplish the appearance. To watch the produce department recycle out livestock edible foods, instead of sending to landfill, again, is a step in the right direction.
“According to the National Resource Defense Council study, grocery stores waste around $15 billion in unsold produce each year. However, stores are not the only ones throwing things away. How many times have you picked up a container of mushrooms …”
If Walmart can do something to begin the reversal of wasted waste practices, we all can do our part, too! It just takes a bit of forethought and planning, where your contribution really will make a difference.
LauraRose, Eco Friend and Researcher