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Bags to Benches - A commitment to protecting our environment and beautifying our communities!

Since 1997, GIANT has donated park benches made from recycled plastic bags to a variety of organizations including schools, fire departments, churches, parks, playgrounds and libraries to help beautify our local communities. Over 1,500 benches have been donated to date!

Our customers are encouraged to recycle their plastic bags at each of our store locations by dropping them in our designated recycle bins. From there, the plastic bags are shipped to the Trex Company of Winchester VA. Trex is the country’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking materials.

Fun Facts:

  • In 2011 GIANT recycled 3,2 Million lbs. of baled plastic bags and wrap.
  • Trex “logs” are made from the recycled bags and wraps and mixed with wood pulp.
  • Each bench contains over 10,000 plastic bags.
  • Most clean plastic bags, dry cleaner bags, clear film and shrink wrap can be recycled
Recycle Bins found inside our stores.
Words of thanks from our community partners:
“Business partners as Giant Food Stores play a major role to promote sustainable behavior as part of our every day lives. We are so pleased and grateful that GIANT is helping to accomplish this goal."
- Julie Marano, Executive Director of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Pa
“Because these communities are small, they are also limited in financial resources. Your contribution to these municipalities has been of great assistance in assisting them achieve their goal of beautifying their community.”
- Virginia Savage, Manager of Main Street Initiatives in Allentown, Pa
“(It) has become an instant success with people watching the baseball / softball games and supervising children (who) enjoy the play equipment.”
- Michael Hession, Borough Manager of the Borough of Denver, Pa
“Placement of the benches at our facility helps to reinforce waste reduction, recycling and buy recycled concepts in our community.”
- Nancy Fromnick, Chester County recycling Coordinator, Pa
“It is a very nice addition to our facility.” Hutchison said.
- Ralph Hutchison, Township Manager of East Lampeter Township, Pa
"It is wonderful that Giant Food Stores cares enough about Pennsylvani's communities to donate such a useable gift."
- Charles Kidhardt, council president of the Borough of New Holland, Pa
Giant's bench was placed at the township's tennis court, "where it is used by children of all ages."
- Beth Hinkle, assistant manager for Upper Leacock Township, Leola, Pa
"Thanks again for your generous support of our efforts to promote and sustain a clean, attractive and respectful community where those desiring a safe and comfortable home feel welcome."
- Richard Miller, Manager YMCA Elm Street, York, Pa
"I want to thank Giant for your generous donation of a park bench for use at Roof Memorial Field."
- Paula Tezik, manager of Fairview Township, Newcumberland, Pa

For more information on Trex Decking or Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful,
please visit their websites: www.keeppabeautiful.org | www.trex.com

 
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