California bestows 2010 WRAP award to Stater Bros.

Stater eliminated 141,489,966 pounds of waste from landfills

Stater Bros. introduced a “Green Waste” composting program in all its 167 Supermarket locations to turn organic waste into compost that is sold to area farmers. For this environmentally friendly program along with the company’s many other recycling efforts, Stater Bros. was recognized as a 2010 WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) winner by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

In total, Stater Bros. eliminated 141,489,966 pounds of waste from landfills in 2009. The new Stater Bros. composting program kept over 27 million pounds of waste from going to landfills in its 8 months of operation in 2009. The company’s other notable green programs include recycling cardboard (over 74 million pounds in 2009), recycling sustainable rendering products (over 8.5 million pounds in 2009), donating food to local food banks (over 3.8 million pounds in 2009), and recycling plastic bags (over 2.8 million pounds in 2009). In addition, the company’s weekly ad is printed on recycled paper, and Stater Bros. participates in California’s Voluntary Demand Response Program to reduce energy consumption at store level when demand is high.

Stater Bros. has also established an employee Green Team with representatives from all areas of the company. The Green Team is committed to reviewing, selecting and implementing business practices that promote the long-term well being of the company, the community, and the environment that we all share.