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Earth Day

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Each year, we mark Earth Day with our customers and our employees.
Here are the recent activities our employees have undertaken to support the environment.

Bike to Work Week 2015
In addition to Earth Day, our teams across our stores, offices, Thrifty Kitchens and Retail Support Centres decided to come together for Bike to Work Week 2015.  Team members got out their bike shorts and put the pedal to the metal, cycling across communities on the island and mainland.

For Earth Day 2014 our staff marked the day by considering some of the things that we didn't do during the past year. 

For example we didn't… 

  • Send 4,600 tonnes of food scraps to the landfill (360 big dump trucks) 
  • Or throw away 5,500 tonnes of recyclables (275 full semi-trailers) 
  • Or use an extra 19,000,000 kilowatt hours of energy (enough for 1750 homes) 

But… 

  • We did keep 130,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere (the yearly emissions of 5,000 cars and trucks) 

So yes, we did make a difference. 

Earth Day 2013 was our first Green Hero contest at Thrifty Foods - employees at all locations were invited to nominate their colleagues for acts of greenness (bike riding, excessive recycling and composting gusto, volunteering for neighbourhood cleanup, etc.) and were entered in a random draw for great prizes. 

Thrifty Foods was also proud to announce our progress with the in-store composting program and our Styrofoam recycling program as part of our Earth Day celebration in 2013. 

For Earth Day 2012 we announced the successful launch of a new and expanded recycling program in stores on Vancouver Island, Saltspring Island and throughout the Lower Mainland in coordination with recycling partner Cascades Recovery. We also held a contest among our stores to see which team could recycle the most in a given period. The winner was Thrifty Foods Colwood, on Vancouver Island.