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Contributing to a Sustainable Food System
Raley’s has taken an innovative stance on the environment because it creates value for our customers—and it’s the right thing to do. We’re always applying new technologies and strategies to reduce our carbon footprint.
We work hard to reduce the amount of paper waste we generate by printing receipts on double-sided paper (decreasing that category of paper use by 40 percent) and printing ads on recycled paper with 27 percent renewable content. We’ve also reduced our ad and marketing printing by going digital whenever possible.
Each year, more than half of the waste generated by our stores is reused and recycled rather than sent to area landfills. We recycle a large portion of our cardboard, plastic stretch wrap, corrugated containers, produce culls and trims, waxed corrugated containers, newspaper and pallets.
We are reducing water use while maintaining high standards of cleanliness and food safety. We do this by reducing our landscape watering, conserving water in our produce departments and using faucet aerators. We’ve also upgraded our refrigeration condensers to curtail water usage.
We replaced our entire fleet of diesel-powered tractors. We also upgraded or replaced refrigerated trailer units with more energy-efficient models to reduce air pollution. Electric vehicle charging stations at select locations let customers and employees power up while they shop or work.
Each remodel and new store build is an opportunity to enhance sustainability. Newly remodeled stores have water-efficient faucets, low-flow toilets and waterless urinals. New stores have longer lasting concrete or tile flooring instead of vinyl. LED lighting and skylights are used wherever possible. Solar arrays on some buildings allow for substantial savings on power usage.
Most of our stores have highly reflective “cool roofs,” which stay cooler than traditional roofs to reduce air conditioning loads. We use stratified air systems that use less energy to regulate air temperatures. We employ innovative technologies to reduce our refrigerant emission rate, earning our company coveted awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.