SupermarketsSupermarkets typically generate food waste, cardboard, waxed cardboard, and shrink wrap, all of which are recyclable or compostable.
Rigid plastics are a common material found in supermarkets, often in the form of icing buckets, seafood trays and pharmaceutical containers – items that have not typically been accepted in most recycling programs. However, there are options and markets for stores who want to take the next step in waste diversion and increase their recycling revenue. The Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers (APR) has several resources available to supermarkets who are interested in collecting rigid plastics, including details about the different sources and how to streamline collection. For more information, videos and pictures, and information about launching a successful program, visit Recycle Grocery Rigid Plastics.

Supermarket Case Studies

  • Boston Public Market: Learn how Boston Public Market, with the helped of RecyclingWorks, donates surplus food and compost food scraps.

  • PDFAmerica’s Food Basket Case Study: Read about the ways America’s Food Basket supermarkets divert 4.5 tons per week of source separated organics, totaling 234 tons annually.
  • America’s Food Basket Video: Learn how America’s Food Basket stores worked with CERO, an employee-owned cooperative, and RecyclingWorks to implement a successful waste diversion program.

  • River Valley Market Video: Learn how River Valley Market saves money each week by reducing their waste stream through a robust composting program by watching this short YouTube video.


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