Tags: Community, Green, Environment, Compost, Recycle, Charge, Solar, sustainability, Sustainable

More Than Food

At Big Y, beyond providing great quality, pricing and customer service, we also try to be smart about the resources we use, how much energy we consume and how we handle whatever waste we create. While we've always been mindful, over the past three years we have made a company-wide effort to be earth-friendly, and have reduced our total energy consumption by more than 17,800,000 kWh!

Connecticut Bottle Bill

As of January 1, 2024, a new Connecticut state law has increased the bottle deposit amount on beverage containers from 5¢ to 10¢. Connecticut's deposit law has proven to reduce litter and raise recycling rates.

Making Improvements Toward a Greener Tomorrow

Energy

Energy Measures in our stores have saved more than 73 million kWh. This is the equivalent to annual C02 emissions from:

  • 5,821,298 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • 10,066 homes' electricity use for one year
  • 119,775 barrels of oil consumed

Recycling

  • More than 17,000 tons of cardboard, paper and plastics recycled annually
  • Over 1 million bottles and cans annually

Reusable Pallets

In 2023, we converted to the use of reusable, plastic pallets from wooden ones at our Fresh and Local Distribution Center. Reusable pallets last 18 times longer than wooden pallets. This results in a significant reduction of waste from broken pallets, and conserves energy and natural resources required to produce new pallets. Additionally, these pallets are safer and more manageable for our employees.

Solar

We have four Megawatts of ground mount and rooftop arrays installed at several locations, and participate in more than 10 community solar array projects. This solar production is equivalent to annual C02 emissions from:

  • 5,142,780 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • 8,893 homes' electricity use for one year
  • 105, 814 barrels of oil consumed

Store Remodels

We have mindfully executed the following in each store we have remodeled:

  • High Efficiency Rooftop and Refrigeration Systems
  • LED Lighting Interior and Exterior
  • Light Dimming Systems
  • Energy Star Rated Equipment
  • Building Energy Management System
  • Night Curtains or Glass Door Retrofits on Open Refrigerated Cases
  • High Efficiency Motors
  • Capture and Utilization of Waste Heat
  • Cycling Anti-Sweat Heaters
  • Waterless Urinals
  • Low Flow Water Controls on Our Sinks
  • Energy Efficient Hand Dryers

EV Charging Stations

We provide electric vehicle charging stations at many of our Supermarket and Big Y Express locations and we are continuously striving to add this amenity to more locations.

Dig In Be Well

Going Green with Your Cuisine

Author: be well™ with Big Y® Registered Dietitian Team

Plate on Grass, Go Green

Show your support for a cleaner environment by leveraging your power as a consumer. Invest in more earth-friendly products, brands and food production practices as you check off your weekly shopping lists.
 

  • Buy Local
  • Buy Organic
  • Support Green Manufacturing
  • Waste Less, Want Less

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Working Together

We work with these Local Partners to bring you the freshest foods,
and also because they sustain our communities and are committed to environmentally responsible business practices.

Gotham Greens

Providence, RI

Growing local produce year-round in hydroponic greenhouses, saving 230 million gallons of water annually.

UMass Student Farm

Amherst, MA

The UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture student-run farm trains students seeking careers in food production, food sourcing and food security advocacy work.

Autumn Mist Farm

Feeding Hills, MA

This small, 100-acre family beef farm raises fresh, local Angus beef that is natural with no added growth hormones or artificial ingredients. Their cattle is raised with pasture access, meaning they are never confined to a feedlot.

North Coast Seafoods

Boston, MA

Sustainable Seafood is caught, farmed or harvested using environmentally harmonious and socially responsible methods that do not jeopardize oceans or the stability of the species.

Local Favorites

Our favorite local products featured in our weekly flyer.

Community

Because we care, Big Y is proud to take an active role in supporting the communities we serve.

Composting and Animal Feed

All of our facilities divert more than 6,000 tons of food scraps per year to composting and animal feed.

Food Donations

More than 3,100 tons of food is donated per year. That's more than 5,000,000 meals to those in need.

Published 3/30/2023