SUNBURY, Pa., April 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Weis Markets announced today its continued progress toward reducing the company's overall environmental impact last year, achieving its goal of a 20 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
The company's progress is reported in the new 2020 Sustainability Report: Weis by Nature. The report details the company's progress during 2020, including new partnerships to divert food waste from landfills, innovative measures to reduce truck fleet fuel consumption, and a continued focus on conserving resources and reducing waste in Weis Markets stores.
The report also highlights the company's commitments to the communities it serves during COVID-19, including growing the donation program to more than $3 million dollars and nearly 2.3 million pounds of food donated, with an expansion to dairy and frozen items, to those most impacted by the pandemic. The company also continued its Weis By Nature and Low, Low Price programs, which help customers to save money.
"Against the challenging backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, our associates continued to make incredible progress to operate efficiently by reducing waste and conserving energy in our stores, while also providing the necessary support to our communities when they needed it the most," said Weis Markets Chairman and CEO Jonathan Weis. "We are making continued progress toward our sustainability goals, and we will continue to invest in our program to reduce our overall environmental impact."
Key Weis Markets sustainability achievements in 2020 include:
Diverting 9.355 tons of food waste from landfills following the EPA's Food Recover Hierarchy, an increase of 35 percent over 2019. This includes:
Donating more than 1,146 tons of food to food banks, an increase of nearly 30 percent since 2019
Repurposing 1,360 tons of food waste to rationed cattle feed, more than double the previous year
Recycling more than 3,575 tons of meat trimmings, fats, oils and grease, which is 1,000 tons more than 2019
Composting 1,212 tons of food waste, a reduction due to the increased diversion to feed animals, which is a preferred use.
Reducing carbon emissions by 27.4 percent compared to 2008, surpassing our 20 percent reduction goal.
Making progress in our recycling program, which includes recycling:
1,335 tons of plastics, 4.3 percent more than 2019
358 tons of scrap metal, 133 percent more than 2019
31,815 paper and cardboard, 11 percent more than 2019
939 tons of plastic bags, 4.6 percent more than 2019
Making progress in the green design of its stores, reducing overall energy usage per square foot by 4 percent. This includes:
Reducing energy by 21 million kWh, enough to charge 1.9 billion smartphones
Adding energy-efficient LED lighting to 50 stores
Continuing to upgrade the company's fleet to meet energy efficiency standards, replacing 27 oldest tractors with 2021 vehicles and ensuring all of our trucks are model year 2016 or newer.
Weis Markets' 2020 Sustainability Report: Weis By Nature is available at weismarkets.com/sustainability.
About Weis Markets Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 198 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.