Publix's companywide recycling rate is 51 percent, and we are actively working to raise it
even higher. In 2013, we recycled 230,000 tons of cardboard and wax cardboard, 4,000
tons of mixed paper, and 8,800 tons of low-density polyethylene and mixed plastic. All of
this saved about:
- 3.9 million trees,
- 1.6 billion gallons of water,
- 761,000 cubic yards of landfill space, and
- 2.5 million barrels of oil.
Working together with companies like Waste Management (WM)- North America's largest recycler- we've expanded our organics recycling. In 2013, we diverted more than 10,800 tons of food waste from almost 200 of our stores to organics recyclers or to feed animals on farms and in zoos. We more than doubled the number of stores on this program in 2014 and this number will continue to grow as more organics recycling programs become available. Also in 2013, more than 19,000 tons of food waste generated by our manufacturing operations was recycled to benefit animals. Everything from potato peelings to whey from our cottage cheese production is used for livestock feed.
Publix offers in-store recycling of paper and plastic bags at all of our retail locations. Not only can customers drop off any brand grocery paper bag or plastic shopping bag for recycling, they can recycle plastic sleeves from dry cleaning and newspapers.