Banff grocery store awarded Zero Waste Trailblazer honours
IGA is the latest recipient of the Zero Waste Trailblazer Awards, a recognition for Banff businesses and institutions that go above and beyond efforts to reduce, re-use and recycle.
Our zero waste team was given a behind the scenes tour of IGA, and left extremely impressed with what they saw. Well-organized recycling systems, clear signage, and knowledgeable staff all contribute to the success of IGA’s efforts to move toward zero waste. In addition to getting on board with Banff’s recycling and food scraps programs, IGA participates in Sobeys’ unique corporate-wide initiatives which include a special meat scrap recycling program, soft plastics and plastic film recycling, and serious procurement efforts to reduce non-recyclable packaging waste.
IGA doesn’t mess around when it comes to food waste. Since 2017 they have been donating over $200 worth of edible food each day to Banff Food Rescue, supporting food access in Banff’s community and prevent even the need for composting, let alone landfill. This adds up to over $75,000 per year. In addition, IGA’s ‘Enjoy Tonight’ system marks down fresh food that is on its best before date, as well as their Fresh Item Management software helps them avoid over ordering on items that may go to waste.
For Banff businesses, garbage is the most expensive service when it comes to waste management. IGA is well aware that all of their excellent initiatives to reduce waste also mean reducing costs, and a good environmental decision is also a good business decision.
Many residents and visitors of Banff will be excited to hear that IGA eliminated all single-use checkout bags from their store effective May 5, 2021 as a part of Sobeys’ corporate effort to eliminate single-use plastics. We congratulate IGA for continually ploughing forward on all of these initiatives, especially as an essential service in the pandemic. You are truly zero waste heroes!
Zero Waste Trailblazers are selected based on 10 categories and 20 certification criteria relating to waste reduction and diversion practices, measured results, and related environmental protection initiatives. The categories are listed at banffzerowastetrail.ca/commercial. Businesses must score higher than 16 points (80%) to achieve Trailblazer status. Special recognition will be given to one business who demonstrates exceptional efforts each quarter.
For more information, or to learn how to be a Zero Waste Trailblazer, visit http://BanffZeroWasteTrail.ca.
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