COMPTON, Calif. — Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.  unveiled a clean-energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center here.
The Kroger Recovery System converts the carbon in organic material into a renewable source of methane. The anaerobic conversion system will process more than 55,000 tons of organic food waste into renewable energy annually, offsetting more than 20% of the energy demand for the more than 650,000- square-foot distribution center. The system is designed and operated by FEED Resource Recovery, Boston.
By diverting that food waste – the equivalent of 150 tons per day – the system will also reduce area truck trips by more than 500,000 miles each year.
"We are committed to finding solutions for food waste and clean energy, and we believe this is a meaningful step forward," said Rodney McMullen , Kroger's president and chief operating officer, in a statement. "Investing in this project is a good business decision for Kroger and, most importantly, an extraordinary opportunity to benefit the environment. We want to thank Governor Brown and his team at CalRecycle and CalEPA, the City of Compton, the SCAQMD, and our partners at FEED for making this renewable energy project a reality."
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