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As part of its commitment to reuse or recycle all packaging and display materials, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market said it is using a custom-built ultraviolet sanitizing machine to clean and reuse its shipping and display packaging.
The machine, engineered and built by UV Doctor, uses ultraviolet ray technology as an alternative to typical chemical cleaning methods. Display packaging is transported from stores after use to Fresh & Easy's distribution center, where it runs through the UV machine.
"Reducing the amount of landfill waste we produce is an important objective for Fresh & Easy," said c.e.o. Tim Mason. "It is essential for us to use new technologies and try new techniques to reduce our impact on the environment. The ultraviolet light machine at our distribution center is another way we are being thoughtful in what we do here at Fresh & Easy."
According to Fresh & Easy, 192.5 tons of display packaging has been reused or recycled and diverted from landfills to date. In addition 111,450 pounds of CO2 were not released into the atmosphere by trucks transporting waste to landfills because they were reused or recycled by Fresh & Easy.
Fresh & Easy has committed to build LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings, and voluntarily joined the California Climate Action Registry to disclose its greenhouse gas emissions. The company also invested in one of California's largest solar roof installations on its distribution center in Riverside.