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Food to Fuel for Stop & Shop Distribution Center

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By: Chelsea Priest

A constant line of trucks in and out of the Stop & Shop Distribution Center in Freetown. The 1.1 million square foot facility is the only one to supply over 200 stores in New England.

Now with cutting edge technology, any food that isn't edible will be turned into clean energy. Stop & Shop Consultant, Greg O'Brien says, "It's produce that's spoiled, it can't be consumed, it had been going to landfills, composted, recycled and now it's being turning into energy."

A brand new 12,000 square food facility will be built on the Stop & Shop property in Assonet. About 95 tons of food, per day, will be processed which will supply about 40% of the Distribution Centers electrical needs. The new building hasn't been built yet but is expected to be up and running by next spring.

There wont be any extra trips made by the Stop & Shop trucks, what's going to happen is the trucks bringing the fresh produce to their destinations, are going to come right back to the new facility with the spoiled, unsalable products.

The town is all for the new project. Freetown Selectmen, Lee Baumgartner said, "we applaud the forward thinking of the management here and the management philosophies on moving this company forward and doing what's right for the environment."

It's important to note that any food that IS still edible will continue to be donated regularly.

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