Instead of being transported to the landfill, food at all Connecticut, Rhode Island, and select Massachusetts Stop & Shop locations that is unable to be either sold or donated, is being converted into energy.
By using “cutting-edge technology”, the process first starts off by collecting all of the food daily from each Stop & Shop location. By using a process called anaerobic digestion, the food ias then converted into energy and compost at a new green facility in Freetown, Mass., right next to the New England distribution center.
Every truck that leaves the Stop & Shop locations usually end up carrying about one to two bins of waste with them. There aren’t any anaerobic-digester facilities currently in Connecticut, however there are three compost facilities residing in both Danbury and New Milford.
The green facility takes the waste and separates them from the containers, grinding up the inedible food, converting the waste to biogas and then taken through a generator which produces the energy within an hour.
A Stop & Shop spokesperson, Phil Tracey said the company has a landfill-free goal for the year 2020, with the company standing at 88 percent of said goal— also in line with Connecticut’s 2024 goal of having 60 percent of its sold waste from landfills.
This recycling strategy has been in the works for about six to seven years, gaining even more credibility when Stop & Shop decided to partner with Divest, Inc, said Tracey.
The green facility has caused great excitement over the community since its opening in April and plans to open one in Connecticut are being considered.