Publix's companywide recycling rate is 49 percent, and we are actively working to raise it even higher. In 2011, we recycled 221,900
tons of cardboard and wax cardboard, 3,200 tons of mixed paper and 8,800 tons of low-density polyethylene and mixed plastic. This
recycling helped save approximately 3.7 million trees, 1.5 billion gallons of water and 732,000 cubic yards of landfill space. It
also resulted in saving the equivalent to more than 2.4 million barrels of oil.
Working together with Waste Management (WM) - North America's largest recycler - we've expanded our recycling of organics. WM opened their Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility in 2011, which processes pre-consumer food waste, such as produce and floral items, with yard waste to make compost. In just 6 months, 80 of our stores sent more than 2100 tons of organic material to this new facility, keeping it out of the landfill. Food wastes generated from our Manufacturing operations benefit animals. Everything from potato peels to whey from our cottage cheese production is processed into 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.