updated: 4/18/2011 1:40:59 PM

Kroger Upgrades Recycling Effort

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The Kroger Co.'s (NYSE: KR) Central Division has expanded its recycling program. It now includes containers managed by Community Recycling Solutions in Greenwood. Kroger says the partnership should help it reinforce its existing recycling initiatives.

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April 18, 2011

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – April 18th – At a special celebration at 10:00 AM this morning at Kroger’s store at 71st & Binford, The Kroger Co.’s Central Division announced an expansion of their recycling program to include containers managed by Community Recycling Solutions Inc. of Greenwood, Indiana. Kroger customers and associates may place all corrugated, plastic, carpet padding, toner cartridges and aluminum in the containers. They also may be used for any electronic scrap excluding televisions or monitors. Items such as stereos, computer towers, gaming systems, cell phones, and power supplies are welcomed. Those items are taken to a sorting center for recycling.

This new program will reinforce Kroger’s existing programs, including: a plastic recycling program called “Bag2Bag” that collects plastic bags, shrink wrap and dry cleaning plastic in barrels placed at the entrances of every Kroger store; Kroger’s reusable bag program called “Choose to Reuse;” and a paper recycling program supporting AbiBow Recycling LLC’s Paper Retriever bins. Kroger already has a baler in each store for corrugated generated by internal store operations. That recycling program will continue separately.

Community Recycling containers have been in place at two Kroger locations, 8850 South Emerson Avenue in Indianapolis and 2200 Independence Avenue in Greenwood, as a test for nearly two months. Both customers and associates have praised the program and the containers have collected a significant amount of material for recycling. Containers will be placed at central Indiana Kroger locations about six at a time until all available stores are included. Kroger-owned stores will receive containers first and leased store locations will be added as landlords give permission for the program.

Income from the Community Recycling containers will go to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) in Indianapolis store locations. Outside Marion County, income from the containers will go to the Indiana Recycling Coalition. This is the same income arrangement Kroger established for AbiBow’s Paper Retriever containers.

Kroger Quote:
Kroger Central Division Public Affairs Manager John Elliott said, “Kroger will continue to be an industry leader in sustainability, not only in the way we build and operate our stores, distribution centers and food plants, but recycling and other environmental programs that encourage both associate and customer participation. We are pleased to expand our sustainability efforts in partnership with Community Recycling Solutions and look forward to being a destination in every local neighborhood for those who want to actively support protecting the environment we all share.”

Community Recycling Quote:
Aaron Christy of Community Recycling shared the following, “CRS has pledged a commitment to the reduction of waste entering Indiana's landfills using our revolutionary Landfill Diversion Program. As the state's first FREE full service recycling program, we have eliminated the cost and burdens of recycling in Indiana. With Community Recycling Solutions, going green has never been easier!”

The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 128 years. The Kroger Central Division has 148 food stores, 123 pharmacies and 64 fuel centers operating under five banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s, Hilander and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to five stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $13.3 million in 2010 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.

Source: The Kroger Co.

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