Big Y Cares about the Environment
BIG Y HAS ALWAYS MADE IT PART OF OUR POLICY TO CONSERVE ENERGY, RECYCLE WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND SIMPLY BE SMART ABOUT USING AND REPURPOSING RESOURCES. In the fanfare surrounding Earth Day, there's lots of buzz about being environmentally responsible, but for us it's not just about Earth Day, it's about every day. We like to think we were "green" before "green" was cool. Here are just a few of our company-wide efforts - and an idea of just how much energy and other resources we're helping to conserve.
COMPANY-WIDE RECYCLING EFFORTS
Every year, we recycle 303 tons of plastic bags and wrappings, 1,350 tons of cardboard and paper and more than 1 billion bottles and cans, helping to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills.
We've installed a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system at our Lee and Franklin Massachusetts stores and at the Big Y Support Center. We now have more than 1.25 MW of solar energy offsetting our electrical consumption.
FREE EV CHARGING STATIONS
We're proud to offer, FREE of charge, charging stations at our Franklin, Walpole, Lee and Northampton, Massachusetts locations for our customers who drive electric vehicles.
Over the past several years, we have been working to improve the overall efficiency of all of our coolers and freezers. We have converted 45 of our stores to long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lighting as well as Electronically Commutated Motors (ECMs) in the coolers and freezers, which can consume up to 50% less energy than traditional motors. We have also initiated a 2-year rollout of installation of doors on all our dairy cases chainwide.
ACROSS-THE-BOARD ENERGY EFFICIENCIES
Our combined energy-saving measures across all our stores enabled us to further reduce our kilowatt hour (kW h) usage by 5,100,000 kW h. Environmentally, this is equivalent to removing 750 passenger cars off the road, reducing the CO2 emissions from burning 8,368 barrels of oil, not having to supply electricity to 495 homes and saving 403,397 gallons of gas from being used.
More than 90 percent of our facilities in Massachusetts and 9 stores (and growing!) in Connecticut have composting programs, where food waste is converted into high-nutrient fertilizer. These efforts result in 2,383 tons of food waste composted annually.
Our "green" efforts won't stop here. It's a continual process, one that will change and improve as different methods and technologies emerge. One thing that won't change is our company's commitment to do everything we can to remain responsible and considerate with our energy usage and recycling efforts.