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|Albertsons Stores in Las Vegas Reach Environmental Milestone & Announce K-6th Grade Student Earth Day Coloring Contest|
Las Vegas, NV, April 9, 2012 – With Earth Day just around the corner, 30 Albertsons stores located in the greater Las Vegas area, Henderson, and Boulder announced today a major environmental milestone: diverting over 90 percent of all store waste from local landfills. Accomplished through an innovate approach to recycling, organic composting and food donations, these stores combined to keep 21,170,340 million pounds of waste out of local landfills and donate 3.5 million meals to local food bank and hunger relief efforts in the past year.
Albertsons will celebrate this feat by sponsoring an Earth Day coloring contest - “How My Family Reduces, Reuses and Recycles” - for Las Vegas students in grades K-6.
Specifically, these students are being invited to draw a picture illustrating “How my Family Reduces, Reuses and Recycles at Home.” On a 3 x 5 index card, please note the artist’s full name, age, grade level, name of school and home phone number. Entries will be judged on creativity and originality. All entries must be submitted to the nearest Albertsons store by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Ten winners will be selected and each will receive $150 in Albertsons gift cards. For a complete list of Las Vegas Albertsons stores, visit www.Albertsons.com.
“Albertsons ultimate goal is to eliminate waste from store operations and I couldn’t be more proud of the leadership our Las Vegas Albertsons stores have show in this area,” said Sue Klug, president of Albertsons Las Vegas and Southern California division. “Whether it be donating food to families in need or keeping millions of pounds of waste out of local landfills, we have seen how this effort makes a difference in our communities. Aspiring to eliminate landfill waste is a journey we hope our customers will appreciate and also join us in pursuing.”
The goal of the Albertsons zero waste program is to eliminate landfill waste from operations, with 90% total waste diversion marking the first milestone in the program. This effort places a significant emphasis on each store’s ability to maximize total waste reduction and requires a serious commitment from store associates.
In Las Vegas, the changes that have resulted from this commitment are astounding:
Waste Reduction Program Metrics
Fresh Rescue Food Donations
A National Leader
For more information on SUPERVALU’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.supervalu.com/sustainability.