Safer Stores Toolkit: Resources

Hazardous Waste

Learn what grocery stores need to know about hazardous waste. 

This guide will help you understand which federal regulations apply to your business, and what you need to do about it

Stay compliant with environmental regulations: Center for Retail Compliance

The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) helps stores stay compliant with environmental regulations and improve environmental performance. CRC has regulatory fact sheets for a number of issues and product areas, including refrigerants, emergency generators and lithium batteries, information on sustainability, and news alerts on topics relevant to retailers. CRC also offers online environmental compliance training.

Manage mercury: Safely handle and recycle fluorescent lighting

Fluorescent lighting contain a small amount of mercury, which is a potent neurotoxin. Learn more about how to store fluorescent lamps, keep your workers safe, and reduce your liability: check out the mercury fact sheet.

Start a fluorescent lamp collection program in 7 steps

Your customers also have lamps with mercury. Recycling of these lamps is encouraged by the Environmental Protection Agency and required in some states and counties. Many retailers set up a program for their customers to return lamps for recycling -- it increases foot traffic, generates positive attention, and helps your customers. Check out this simple guide for starting a program at your store.

Parking Lots

Make your parking lot safer: the risks of coal tar sealant 

That liquid that's applied to your asphalt parking lot periodically? It might be a serious health hazard. Coal-tar-based sealcoat is a major source of contamination in urban and suburban areas and may put people at a higher risk for developing cancer. Some products have been banned by municipalities. 

Safer products are now available in many areas of the country. Ask your vendor or parking lot maintenance company about an alternative, and keep asking -- new products are coming on the market, even ones that work in harsh weather.

Green Cleaners

Learn how to use green cleaners for store cleaning and maintenance.

Green cleaners aren’t just products to sell – you can also use them for routine maintenance to protect the health and safety of your employees and the environment.


Find safer cleaners: EPA's Safer Choice Label

The Safer Choice label lets consumers, businesses, and purchasers know that a product is safer for human health and the environment, and it performs. More than 2,500 products, including all-purpose cleaners, wood cleaners, glass cleaners, carpet cleaners, bathroom cleaners, degreasers, and floor care products, have qualified for the Safer Choice label. As a retailer, you can find safer alternatives for the products you sell and use, or identify which products you already sell or use are considered safer. 



Market safer products to your customers: Shelf tags

Download and print this shelf tag to boost sales of green cleaners sold in your store.