Sprouts Farmers Market has expanded its food waste diversion program to meet new California requirements on organics recycling, it was announced Monday.
Quest Resource Holding Corp. designed and deployed an organics recycling program at all 86 of Sprouts’ California stores, ahead of new mandatory commercial organics recycling regulations that take effect on Jan. 1.
The program reduces food waste by diverting produce, dairy, bakery, bulk, deli and juice bar items that cannot be sold or donated, and converting it into nutritional animal feed additives or compost.
The retailer now recycles food waste that cannot be donated at 125 stores. Quest also manages municipal solid waste and recycling programs at all 229 Sprouts locations.
"Quest is delighted to expand its relationship with Sprouts, one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, and continue to help them reach their sustainability goals in California and across the country," said Quest CEO Ray Hatch.
"Responsible retailing is part of Sprouts' DNA, and we are proud of what we've achieved in the past two years working with Quest," said Carlos Rojas, senior counsel for Phoenix-based Sprouts. "Our organics recycling program not only benefits the environment, but improves store operations by minimizing waste. We also are pleased to be well ahead of the CalRecycle regulations compliance date."
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