Lexington, SC (WLTX)- The Midlands Green business program helps businesses go and stay green.

The 14 carrot whole foods grocery store in Lexington is part of that program. Owner Ed Elbrecht says it’s a collective effort by the staff to maintain their green status.

They have several ways customers can recycle including bins in the front of the store.Elbrecht says they also donate their edible produce scraps to Carolina Wildlife Center where they use it to feed their wild injured animals.He says the rest of the produce scraps get picked up by organic farmers.

Businesses don’t just get the perk of saving the earth. Mary Baldauf, the City of Columbia's Sustainability Coordinator says, “They can save money and that is a good thing if you can help the environment and help your bottom line why not”.

Elbrecht says that’s something he’s seen happen at his store with the recent installation of solar panels on the store’s roof saying, “We'll be saving approximately about $1100 worth of electricity a month”.

Both say more businesses should join the program to Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

If you would are interested in signing up your business in the program call Keep the Midlands Beautiful at 803-733-1139 or visit the website keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org .