Foster’s takes green steps

| 11/05/2009

(CNS): In an attempt to reduce its environmental impact on the local landfill, Foster’s Food Fair IGA has secured a contract with a US-based Cox Sales And Service Inc to recycle its used shopping carts. On 17 May, with the support and assistance of Seaboard Marine and Cayman Island Port Authority, the company will be shipping a 40-foot container of used shopping carts to be refurbished and reused in the United States.vTypically the life span of a shopping cart is approximately 4 years, after which the shopping carts are generally destined for the local landfill.

A release from Foster’s Food Fair, says it is the first major supermarket on island to initiate this type of environmentally progressive program.

Upon arrival in the United States, the shopping carts will be cleaned and stripped down, dipped in duplex Nickel coating to prevent corrosion, plated in Chrome or Zinc then finished and restored to be resold to smaller stores at a reduced price.

“We are excited about this new initiative. We recognize we can adopt new practices to make our company more environmentally friendly and this is another step. This is one more way we can show “We Care” and we are looking at alternative measures to help” stated Woody Foster, the Managing Director of Foster’s Food Fair IGA.


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  1. Expat24,372 says:

    It amazes me how the supermarket workers simply assume because you’ve bought a litre of milk that it will need double bagging.

    As the first poster suggests, simply stop using the bags.  People will soon revert to the cloth ones and bring their own.  Last week I was in Kirks and put all my shopping, about three days worth, into a rucksack and carried it hom on my back.  It was no effort, yet the checkout assistant was puzzled by me taking everything out of the plastic bags.

    Now they’re employing kids to make sure you have even more plastic bags.  Just ban them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    All Grocery Stores on Island could stop using Plastic Bags to pack groceries in their stores and offer Brown Paper Bags instead, or have customers bring their own bags to the store.  Think about the thousands of plastic grocery bags that are thrown in Land Fill each week….this would be a good start toward going green.