Reports: Hy-Vee pilots composting program

Retailer considering whether to expand two-store program chain-wide

NEW YORK — Two Hy-Vee stores in Iowa will start composting food waste, produce and floral trimmings, according to published reports.

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette reported that Hy-Vee stores in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids had partnered with Des Moines, Iowa-based organics recycler Green RU, which will pick up the waste from the stores and haul it to nearby compost centers. The newspaper reported that the company was considering whether to expand the pilot program throughout the chain.

The company will continue donating edible food to shelters, food banks and food rescues, while the composting program will focus on expired food and inedible material like floral trimmings.


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