Green Mission on Church Street

Specific recycling and composting options can vary by store due to local regulations and facilities. Just ask any cashier or team member at a Guest Services booth to direct you to the right recycling receptacle.

Here at Whole Foods Market Stoke Newington, we’re on a mission—a green mission. We’re up for the challenge to save our planet--one Team Member, one Stokie resident, and one Whole Foods Market customer at a time.

We’ve been committed to making green choices since we first opened. We understand that companies can have a large impact on our environment. Do we have a perfect track record? Nope. Have we found solutions for all of the green issues affecting our stores? Not yet. But we are working on it, and we are proud of our store’s achievements this year. In March we launched Team Member Composting in partnership with Bio Collectors, and in April we followed it up with our Battery Recycling Scheme, together with Battery Back. And we’re not done yet—in the works is a campaign to recycle our Brita filters!   

Read on to learn to more about our green ventures.


Organic farming, of course, is at the root of everything we do—from our Store Leadership on down, we are passionate about good health, food integrity, and biodynamics . And here on Church Street, we are going beyond thinking about how to ‘grow’ organic, to thinking about how it’s thrown away. In our employee canteen, we have turned our ‘reflecting’ into ‘actions’ with our Team Member composting initiative. In collaboration with Bio Collectors, we send our local food waste to a local processing company—and recycle it into a high-quality organic fertiliser. And, that these organic fertilisers serve as a replacement for petrochem-derived fertilisers, is something we can be extra proud of.

Here’s a list of just some of the stuff we can add to our compost bin:

  • Leftovers from plates
  • Cooked and uncooked meats
  • Butchery waste
  • Fish and poultry
  • Dough & pastries
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy waste
  • Colas and juices
  • Out-of-date stock

Clearly, a majority of what usually goes into the bin can be recycled. And with harmful methane gas seeping out of landfills, composting just becomes the natural solution.



Did you know…

  • That batteries contain hazardous metals–like lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium?
  • That we bin approximately 620 million batteries every year in the UK?
  • That most batteries are taken to landfill sites, where they rot away and leak into the ground, causing soil and water pollution, and harming animals, humans and the environment in which we live?
  • And also, that the resources to be gained from recycled batteries are the very same raw materials being mined, often at considerable cost, elsewhere in the world?

Recycling your batteries is a really fantastic way to actively care for the environment–-on Earth Day, and every day. To help keep harmful batteries and their chemicals out of our landfills, Whole Foods Market Stoke Newington has joined with the battery recycler, Battery Back, to launch a local collection scheme.

Since April, our Team Members have been collecting your old batteries. That’s right—we are taking them off your hands, and making sure they are disposed of safely, responsibly and free of charge. And already it has been a great success—we have filled up two 5-litre buckets and working on a third! Isn’t it nice to know that recycling can be easy and convenient?