PORTLAND - New Seasons Markets is cementing its green reputation with the distinction of being zero waste.
The company turned to Portland State University’s Community Environmental Services to evaluate what went into its dumpsters for compost and garbage.
Researchers also looked at what was in the recycling bins.
“We’d literally dump the contents on the floor and go through it by hand to sort each entire load,” explained PSU’s Eric Crum.
The results of the dirty job were impressive.
“To exceed the threshold of zero waste which is 90% is something we don’t see very often,” added Crum.
Researchers determined only 8 per cent of what comes into New Season 12 stores leaves as trash headed to a landfill.
“The main thing we do is make it very easy for our employees. At every cash register for example, we have bins for recycling, composting and garbage,” remarked Assistant Store Manager Laura Kremser.
Some leftovers are donated to the charity Urban Gleaners.
“In the past five years we’ve given them almost a ton of food which is then distributed to agencies for hunger relief,” commented New Seasons President Wendy Collie.
The recently announced zero waste distinction is incentive to some customers to keep shopping at New Seasons.
“It just reinforces why I come here. I think every company should strive to be zero waste and we all should too,” concluded customer Jason Hoffman.
On Saturday April 20th every New Seasons will have a compost giveaway for your spring gardening. You’re invited to bring a bucket and pick up a load between 9 and 11 a.m.