CARLISLE, Pa. – Four more GIANT Co. stores in Pennsylvania have reached zero waste status, which means that at least 90% of their total waste is being diverted from landfills or incineration.
The company said Thursday the designation applies to a MARTIN’S Food Market in Duncansville, Pa. and the GIANT stores in Perkasie, Quarryville and Warrington, Pa.
“When it comes to taking care of the environment there are no small actions, as every effort taken adds up and helps us to lessen our environmental footprint,” said Manuel Haro, vice president of brand strategy at GIANT. “We applaud the efforts of our Duncansville, Perkasie, Quarryville and Warrington team members for embracing recycling across their stores and inspiring their communities by showing the healing effect our collective efforts can have.”
Recycling procedures have been implemented throughout these four stores with team members carefully monitoring what is being sent to the trash compactor so nothing gets thrown away that could potentially be recycled or donated. This includes ensuring no cardboard is labeled as garbage, filling designated bins with food waste and scraps for organic recycling, and collecting plastic bags, plastic film, and empty pharmacy pill bottles to be sent back to the company’s recycling center. Each store also participates in a chainwide expanded food donation program as a partner of Feeding America, donating product to local food banks, as well as the company’s Meat the Needs program, which donates frozen protein to regional food banks.
With today’s announcement, five GIANT Company stores in Pennsylvania have achieved this sustainability milestone. The Cleona GIANT was the first in the chain, reaching zero waste in Fall 2018.
Currently more than 84% of all waste generated by The GIANT Company is diverted through recycling and donations, with a goal to get all stores to diverting 90% of waste by 2025. Additional efforts underway as part of The GIANT Company’s commitment to healing our planet include plastic bag recycling and plastic reduction, installing a solar field and bee pollinator habitat at its Carlisle corporate headquarters, reducing emissions, installing energy-efficient fixtures in all stores, and providing customers with sustainable products such as coffee, tea and seafood.