MODESTO, Calif. — In support of Earth Day, Save Mart Supermarkets here distributed 20 tons of store-generated compost at a Lucky Store in Daly City, Calif. — in a partnership with Earth Day San Francisco — to groups representing school and community gardens.
The company said it also plans to donate 100 tons of compost to specific school and community gardens in Northern California to support key health and education initiatives.
The chain manufactures the compost from fresh waste generated at the stores, which is backhauled to a production facility, where it is made and packaged and then sold at stores — a practice in force at Save Mart since 1997.
"All of the fresh food we can no longer sell is rescued," Steve Junquiero, president and chief operating officer, said. "Consumable products are given to local food banks, and fresh waste is made into high-quality compost."
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