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[GreenYes] Japan - local supermarket promotes food waste recycling


Japan - local supermarket promotes food waste recycling

Yamato Co., a supermarket chain that operates 10 stores in
Yamanashi
Prefecture, Japan, has been actively engaging in recycling
of household food
waste.

Japan for Sustainability reports that food waste from their
shoppers is
processed by kitchen waste composters at the stores, and the
compost is
distributed to contract farmers in order to grow vegetables,
which are then
sold at the supermarket chain.

In March 2007, Yamato installed a kitchen waste composter
that can handle
about 150 kilograms of the waste per day, equivalent to the
output from 300
households, at its Fujimi store in Nirasaki, Yamanashi Pref.
The company
introduced an "eco point" system providing points equal to 5
yen (about US 4
cents) for member shoppers who bring food waste. Now Yamato
accepts waste at
all of its stores in order to promote the system across the
board.

The total volume of waste brought to the stores per day
averages 70 to 80
kilograms. The amount of kitchen garbage brought by shoppers
is expected to
increase, as vegetables grown with the compost are sold at
the stores. "This
system has been well received by our environment-conscious
customers. Our
next step is to encourage the expansion of the system" said
Mr. Kobayashi,
the president of Yamato Co.

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