I'm a patron of ALDI and a local gardener. Yesterday I was at my local store in and noticed that there were many (about 30) sacks of organic Canadian grown potatoes which were sprouting.
I asked the clerk if I could have a discount because I didn't plan to eat the potatoes but I planned to try and plant them. The clerk asked for his manager.
His manager said she could not sell them to me and that she would throw them away.
I ask if I could purchase them and she said only for full price.
As I understand, it is ALDI's corporate policy to work towards zero-waste business practices. I was pretty sad that she would rather throw out compost able or even potentially viable seed stock rather than let me purchase.
I believe in capitalism, I love the mission ALDI stores represent. I know you need to turn a profit.
I am not looking for get any staff members in trouble, I just want to avoid potatoes which could be planted from being throw away, not recycled...
How can I purchase waste, like sprouted potatoes, from ALDI at a discount?
I know places like Starbucks actually donate their byproduct to local gardeners (spent coffee grounds). Could ALDI establish a program similar to this which is a win-win for both local growers and the store?
Thank you for your consideration, I look forward to hearing from you.