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This summer, for the second year in a row, participating A&P, Dominion, Ultra Food & Drug, the Barn, Loeb, and Food Basics in Ontario are dimming store lights by as much as 50 percent as a way to lower power consumption and relieve pressure on the province’s power grid.
“We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment through many initiatives, including dimming our store lights,” noted Vince Bertrand, v.p., conventional operations at A&P Canada, which owns the banners. “By dimming the lights in our stores across Ontario this summer, we are helping improve Ontario’s air quality.”
Last year the grocer dimmed its lights as part of Toronto Hydro’s 2007 Summer Challenge for Business contest. This year’s decision to go dim is one of many environmental initiatives under A&P Canada’s “Leave it Greener” environmental platform.
Other green initiatives undertaken by the company include:
--Since the rollout of Leave it Greener in June 2006, over 2 million reusable bags have been sold.
--All A&P Canada fliers are now printed on 100 percent recycled paper.
--Over 25,000 metric tons of cardboard are diverted from landfills every year.
--Since 1996, A&P, Dominion, Ultra Food & Drug, and the Barn customers have been able to bring back their plastics bags and deposit them into recycling bins at store locations across Ontario. Last fall Food Basics introduced the program.
--Since 2003, A&P Canada has diverted over 4.4 million pounds of plastic film from landfills, the equivalent of about 316 million plastic bags.
A&P Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Montreal-based Metro, Inc., operates over 280 grocery stores.