Major Grocer to Become Part of City's Food Scrap Collection Program

Fry’s Food Stores will add commercial food scrap collection at all Tucson stores through the City of Tucson’s FoodCycle Program. A formal announcement will be made by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Fry’s at 7812 E. Speedway Blvd. The addition of the Fry’s stores will bring the number of Tucson food scrap collection locations to 50.

Tucson’s Environmental Services Department estimates 80 percent of what is disposed of in landfills is compostable or recyclable, and about 50 percent of food thrown away is compostable.

The City of Tucson's composting pilot program began in 2014 with the University of Arizona, 16 restaurants, grocery stores, and hotels. The FoodCycle program has grown incrementally since then.

Businesses interested in compost collection service should call (520) 791-3171.