Longo’s Environmental Awareness Initiatives
Longo's has a proud, long standing and proactive commitment to the environment. We encourage our customers and partners to participate in behavior that support environmental sustainable activities. With a reputation as one of the first to recycle our organic waste, we are now working closely with manufactures, suppliers to produce products in a more environmentally- friendly manner. Furthermore, our building management team is working to ensure our facilities are as energy efficient as possible.
Here are some of the many ways in which we endeavour to do our part:
All Longo's store locations are supplied with Green Bins. Organic Waste such as Vegetable trimmings, fruits, bakery products and Dairy products which are discarded into these bins daily. These organic bins hold 100kg of organic waste and an average store fills about 4 bins per day.
This organic waste is used as cattle feed and is shipped locally to farms in
GreenQuality, Ecologo Certified Products
Longo’s has partnered with Kruger Products, one of our suppliers, to participate in their “Close the Loop” Program which repurposes our cardboard and paper waste, based on our usage, thus maintaining a continual recycled supply and greatly reducing our impact on the environment.
Cardboard and paper from Longo’s facilities is recycled as part of the Environmental Closed Loop partnership between Kruger and Longo’s: this amount of recycling will be collected by Kruger recycling and returned to Kruger’s system to contribute to the production of tissue products and packaging materials.
Longo’s offers our consumers online shopping at GroceryGateway.com resulting in helping to keep hundreds of vehicles off the roadways every week. It’s like carpooling for groceries! Our trucks run on biodiesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and follow our anti-idling policy.
Grocery gateway does not use plastic bags- your order arrives in 100% recyclable and reusable cardboard boxes.
Longo’s Recycles Plastic
Each Longo’s location has a “Take It Back” recycling station at the entrance of the store. This allows consumers to recycle their plastic bags from the previous shop. We will recycle your plastic bags into new consumers products such as clean new plastic shopping bags, outdoor decking, and railing product.
Longo’s also recycles all plastic skid wraps from store and warehouse deliveries.
Our shopping bag is made from 50% recycled plastic. This bag has one of the highest recycled content in the retail industry.
In 2010, Longo’s is working with their packaging partners to reduce plastic packaging weights. Longo’s has mandated their suppliers and set a target of 10% weight reduction in packaging.
As well, many forms of our in-store containers are being converted to #1 Plastics PET. PET has the highest demand for recycling. Most recycling facilities are only equipped to handle #1 and #2 Plastics. Our current plastic salad bar container and several bakery containers have been converted to PET.
Longo’s is currently working with a packaging manufacture to develop clean and safe containers from recycled PET. Stay tuned for more to come.
Longo’s has introduced an alternative to our plastic salad bar container. This container is made from sugar cane and is compostable and biodegradable. We are offering our consumer the options of PET or Pulp product container at our salad bar …you choose!!
Longo’s is also using reusable totes to transport product from our production facilities to the stores. This has reduced our use of cardboard boxes need to package our goods prepared.
Longo's is seeking out environmentally friendly building and equipment technology to optimize our day to day operations.
(Longo's stores are 25-30% more efficient than standard code-built retail stores.)
H-Vac Dual Path system (most efficient on the market). Reuses the cooling of cases to be re-circulated throughout the stores during the warmer seasons and the heat from the compressors to heat during the cooler seasons.
store lighting is reduced during peak hydro times in order to conserve energy and reduce demand from the grid.
EnWave System utilized in the downtown area to utilize water from
Longo’s has partnered with environmentally friendly suppliers who, in turn, replenish the earth by planting trees on our behalf.
St. Joe's Boy Scout Tree Planting program - we have planted over 20,500 seedlings to date based on paper usage for our flyers.