Sprouts is committed to eliminating waste and fighting hunger in the communities we serve.

In 2020, we repurposed nearly 78,000 tons of food and other recyclables from our waste stream, resulting in an overall landfill diversion rate of 58%. Additionally, our food waste recovery rate was 68%, which includes the equivalent of approximately 24 million meals donated to help those in need!

We take systematic approach to managing waste and recyclables in our operations, which is based on the ISO 14001 environmental management protocol. We’ve identified our opportunity areas to reduce waste and increase recycling rates. Our highest priority continues to be on recovering food that is not in retail condition yet can be donated or repurposed to a higher use. Through multi-stakeholder engagement, we’ve identified best practices for material recovery and developed robust training that engages our 35,000 team members. We track performance through a customized store level scorecard that easily communicates areas of strengths and opportunities for our stores. We are constantly seeking ways to improve, and participate in industry working groups such as the Pacific Coast Collaborative to drive improvement internally and within our industry.

Food Rescue Program

From day one, each Sprouts store participates in a food waste diversion program that provides food to those in need, feed for animals and nutrients for agricultural soil.

Food

Sprouts worker holding box full of vegetables and fruit

All groceries that are no longer fit for sale but remain perfectly edible and nutrient-rich are donated by our stores and distribution centers to local hunger relief agencies, many of which are affiliated with Feeding America. These agencies then distribute the donated food to people in need in our communities. Since the inception of the Food Rescue program in mid-2013, Sprouts has donated more than 70 million pounds of food to those less fortunate – that’s more than 58 million meals!

Feed

cattle eating vegetables and fruit

Food that is not fit for hunger relief agencies is donated as cattle feed to support local cattle ranches and dairy farms. This provides cattle with a more nutritious diet and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Field

Lastly, food is donated as compost, which enriches soils with nutrients. More than 25 million pounds of food have been diverted from landfills since the start of this program in 2014.