SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A regional supermarket chain's green efforts have paid off.
One year from when Stater Bros. introduced its "Green Waste" composting program, which turns organic waste into compost that is sold to area farmers, the retailer was named the 2010 Waste Reduction Awards Program winner by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.
The CalRecycle WRAP award acknowledged the Stater Bros. composting program, which removed more than 27 million lbs. of waste from landfills in its eight months of operation in 2009, the company said. The retailer also implemented a "green team," which reviews, selects and implements business practices that promote the long-term well-being of the company, the community and the environment.
The CalRecycle WRAP has been recognizing the environmentally friendly business strategies of California businesses since 1993.