News Release
 January 17, 2024
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

(Williamsville, NY) – As we continue to celebrate the start of a fresh new year, here at Tops we are excited to announce the advances we continue to make not only in our day to day efforts to adopt practices that help protect our environment, but also efforts that will make a lifelong impact.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In 2023 alone, our stores recycled over 503 tons of organic scraps which includes unusable produce, floral, bakery cull, and unsaleable produce. By partnering with companies like Organix Recycling, Tops is able to divert food from landfills. We also partner with local recyclers and in some instances, farmers, who use this for feed making it a win-win!

Tops Used Cooking Oil Program continues to grow by recycling more than 102+ tons of used cooking oil and repurposing it into other products such as biofuels that help to reduce the world's carbon footprint and more than 10,185 tons of cardboard boxes, paper, newspaper, magazines and cardboard displays (that’s the weight of a small airplane!) and over 423+ tons of plastic shopping bags and stretch film are recycled annually.

Tops Fresh Recovery Program

The Fresh Recovery Program that has been expanded at 130 Tops locations across New York State is revolutionizing the grocery store industry by tackling food waste head-on. Through strategic partnerships, efficient inventory management, and customer engagement, this program sets a benchmark for sustainability. Last year alone over 310+ tons of food was repurposed!

At its core, the Fresh Recovery Program focuses on rescuing and repurposing fresh produce and perishable items that would otherwise go to waste including bakery, deli, meat, seafood, frozen and dairy items. Tops has operated a similar program of this nature for decades, partnering with local food banks, food pantries, and community organizations to ensure that surplus food is redirected to those in need. By redistributing these items, the program not only combats hunger, but also reduces the environmental footprint associated with food waste.

Running on Clean In 2015 Tops made the strategic decision to convert our fleet of tractors from diesel to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) at our Lancaster Distribution Center and hasn’t looked back!

To give us the service and performance we were looking for, we partnered with ARI, ANG, and Vehicare to provide Tops with 48 new CNG tractors. We also partnered with the town of Lancaster and American Natural Gas to build a state of the art on site fueling station. Today our station is the largest in New York State and is one of the latest in the entire country. In addition, Direct Energy and National Fuel are key partners with the supply and delivery of our natural gas.

In making this transition we are able to work toward our goal of reducing our greenhouse gases including 6.3M lbs. of CO2, and conserve over 1.2 M gallons of diesel fuel each year. As a result of this transition our facility is running more efficiently and we have reduced fuel operating costs by 40-50%.

To learn more about all of Tops sustainability efforts visit


About Tops Friendly Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 148 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit


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