Customer Care 1-800-667-8280

Thrifty Foods Compost Program Doubles Diversion Efforts, Nourishes Metro Vancouver School Yards, Stanley Park with Black Gold

April 22, 2013
VICTORIA, BC - Thrifty Foods celebrates Earth Day with the expansion of an organic composting program to 23 retail locations as well as the Thrifty Foods 20,000-square-foot commissary, Thrifty Kitchens. The new program, together with ongoing Styrofoam and other container recycling programs in store, diverts approximately 95 per cent of waste from local landfills.

"Since launching the new program in August, Thrifty Foods has doubled the amount of organic waste collected in participating stores," said Jim Dores, General Manager of Thrifty Foods. "In tandem with our existing glass, plastics, metal, Styrofoam, paper and cardboard recycling programs, our teams can compost and recycle the majority of food and paper waste and we celebrate their achievements today."

The Thrifty Foods compost program collects store-produced organic food waste such as expired yogurt, cheese, meat scraps and bakery goods - as well as paper packaging - and diverts it to local partners like Harvest Power/Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre in Metro Vancouver, Foundation Organics in Greater Victoria and the ICC Group in Nanaimo.

"We transform Thrifty Foods organic waste into rich, nutritious plant compost and then return it to the community through landscapers, soil yards, schools, fields and parks - including Stanley Park," said Jeff Leech, Regional Vice President at Harvest Power/Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre. "Together, we create garden-ready compost and soil blends for use in Metro Vancouver's community spaces."

Green projects at Thrifty Foods also include energy conservation. Since May 2012, Thrifty Foods has implemented 50 energy conservation projects designed to save the equivalent of over 7,500,000 kilowatt-hours per year, the energy required to power over 680 BC homes.

Thrifty Foods was founded in 1977 in Victoria, BC. Today, Thrifty Foods, a banner of Sobeys Inc., has a total of 29 retail grocery stores across the Lower Mainland, throughout Vancouver Island and on Saltspring Island.

About Sobeys Inc.

Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 105 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawton's Drug Stores. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 95,000 people. The company's goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at


For more information, please contact:

Erin Kelly, Communications Manager
Thrifty Foods
Tel: (250) 483-1690   Cell: (250) 661-3759