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Weis to Expand Composting Program

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets here has signed a contract with American Biosoils & Compost, Skippack, Pa., to expand a composting program to 50 stores next year, following a year-long pilot at eight stores, said Patti Olenick, Weis’ sustainability manager

In addition, starting in early 2013 the chain intends to sell at retail the compost it generates in what Olenick described as a “closed loop” process.

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The composting effort, encompassing waste from produce, bakery, floral and other departments, is expected to either save Weis money or be cost neutral (not including retail sales of compost), she added.

The eight-store composting pilot also provided Weis with enough data on food waste to change its ordering methods, Olenick said.

Weis is expanding its composting and food donation programs as part of its participation in the Food Recovery Challenge, a year-old Environmental Protection Agency initiative aimed at reducing food waste sent by industry to landfills. “The Food Recovery Challenge is another tool in our toolbox,” she said.

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