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Small Victories!

Posted on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 12:22

Kroger announces a 180% increase since 2007 in plastic bag recycling!  We are making a difference!  Sure we would like to see everyone stop using plastic bags all together - but hey, we are thrilled that if a consumer has to take a plastic bag, more and more they are recycling it!  This proof that as we all become aware of the toxicity of plastic bags, we are all changing our habits.  Its only a matter of time, plastic bags!  Look out - we are truly making a difference!


Kroger says plastic bag recycling up 180%
June 22 -- Kroger Co. recycled more than 1.2 billion pounds of corrugated cardboard and paper last year, according to the
company’s fifth sustainability report.

In addition, Cincinnati-based Kroger and its customers recycled 26 million pounds of plastic -- a 180% increase in plastic recycling since 2007.
Kroger’s improved bagging techniques and increased use of reusable bags saved an additional 159 million plastic bags, the report said, with the goal of sparing 1 billion bags by 2014.  The company also sold and provided customers with more than 5 million reusable bags, which is an average of 14,000 per day. Kroger said it expects to sell another 5 million reusable bags this year.

Since 2009, the company’s manufacturing plants have reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by 30% -- a 22 million pound reduction. Kroger manufacturing has also set a 2011 goal of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills by 60%, using 2009 as a baseline.

Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Shawn Wright at 313-446-0346 or

Yes that's right, small

Yes that's right, small victories really help for the future achievements. It will really motivate us to do more efforts.

plastic bags

Why not make ALL bags (whether it's shopping bags produce bags or trash bags) out of compostable materials that way there wouldn't be any manufacturing jobs lost and you wouldn't have too worry about recycling them

Great Blog

Interesting topic, great blog. Nice job!

Great effort. Really

Great effort. Really appreciate the hardwork you guys are putting in to keep this planet clean.

These statistics make me more

These statistics make me more optimistic about the future, I've also put more effort in recycling and I plan to improve in time. I was surprised to see how effective the Vancouver rubbish removal system can be, it really makes the idea of a clean world possible, I find this inspiring.

Plastic bags

Where I live, in Edmonds, WA, plastic shopping bags were banned starting at the beginning of 2011. There are still plastic bags for your produce, but no more shopping bags. It's a step in the right direction, hopefully this will take off in more cities and states.

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