Recycling & Packaging


Harris Teeter is committed to finding sustainable alternatives in packaging and will continue to support the use of environmentally friendly packaging throughout the company.

  • Harris Teeter uses produce bags that are 100% degradable.
  • Harris Teeter uses plant based (non-petroleum) plastic containers for our in-store fresh cut fruit and H.T. Traders salad kits.
  • Harris Teeter's paper grocery bags are produced from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • Harris Teeter sells reusable bags and encourages its shoppers to use reusable bags as an alternative to paper or plastic.
  • Harris Teeter’s hand shopping baskets are made from 100% recycled plastic


Harris Teeter has focused on implementing recycling practices in its stores to conserve landfill space, energy and natural resources:

  • Cardboard/Mixed Paper: Harris Teeter recycles cardboard and mixed paper.

  • Plastic/Shrink Wrap: Harris Teeter recycles plastic, sending it to TREX to create wood-alternative products.

  • Motor Oil/Filters: Harris Teeter's transportation department recaptures and recycles used oil and oil filters.

  • Cooking Oil: The company recycles fryer and rotisserie oil.

  • Electronics: Harris Teeter recycles electronics every year including cash registers, computers, and telephones.

  • Composting: Harris Teeter composts certain food waste.

  • Shopper Programs:

    1. Harris Teeter makes it convenient for shoppers to recycle plastic and paper bags by installing recycling bins in each of its stores.

    2. Harris Teeter has Coinstar machines in a majority of its stores -  exchanging coins for currency or gift cards reduces the number of new coins that need to be produced, lowering environmental impacts and preserving natural resources.