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Waste Reduction

  • We aim to achieve zero waste in our operations and are working to do so by 2030. We’re especially concerned about food waste. As a critical link in the food supply, UNFI is committed to digging in to find solutions. 
  • Putting waste in recycle bin


With millions of American families struggling every day to access sufficient, nutritious food, it is simply unacceptable that so much is wasted.



    Our Approach

    We are committed to the responsible management of materials in our operations and strive to divert as much waste as possible through source reduction, reuse and donations. The landfill is our last resort.


  • Source Reduction

    Our priority is to reduce waste at the source, effectively preventing it from occurring in the first place.

  • Reuse and Recycle

    Whenever possible, we divert waste from the landfill through reuse and recycling programs. In 2020, 58% of our operational waste was diverted.

  • Eliminate Food Waste

    In 2020, we formed a cross-functional team to tackle food waste in our distribution centers and achieved a 7% year-over-year improvement in food waste diversion from landfill.

As a member of the U.S. Food Loss & Waste 2030 Champions, UNFI is committed to sharing best practices and digging in to find solutions.


    Sustainable Packaging

  • Packaging is an important element of supply chain sustainability. Too often, food packaging is not designed with sustainability in mind, which contributes to unnecessary waste and consumption of natural resources.
    We are committed to year-over-year improvement in the sustainability of our packaging, including that of our private brands, operations, and value chain, with a focus on materials reduction, recycled content, and end of life.



Goals & Commitments


  • Zero waste to landfill from distribution center operations by 2030
  • 50% reduction in distribution center food waste by 2025
  • Add How2Recycle instructions to all Brands+ product packaging by 2023