Apr. 20—Hannaford Supermarkets said Tuesday that it is no longer sending food waste to landfills from any of its 183 stores in New England and upstate New York.
The Scarborough-based company said it is the first large grocery retailer in the Northeast to achieve the feat — through careful management of its supplies and sales, donations to food pantries, recycling other food through donations to farms and working with a Maine trash-to-energy operation.
Jim Hamilton, Hannaford's vice president of operations, said achieving the goal demonstrates the company's commitment to its customers, the communities in which it operates and the planet.
The announcement came a couple of days before Earth Day, but Hamilton said the company has been striving toward the zero-waste goal for years.
Hannaford works with local food pantries to donate goods that have passed their sell-by date but remain edible, such as bread, Hamilton said. It also sends some food back to farmers to use as animal feed and works with Agri-Cycle, a Maine company that uses an anaerobic digester to mix food waste with animal waste to create a gas that can be used to generate energy.
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