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Retailer's efforts generate a big fat zero

As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts and commitment to healing the planet, The Giant Co. announced four additional stores in Pennsylvania have reached zero waste, meaning 90 percent or more of a store’s total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration.

“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, The Giant Co. “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 Co. stores in Pennsylvania have achieved this sustainability milestone.

Currently more than 84 percent of all waste generated by The Giant Co. is diverted through recycling and donations, with a goal to get all stores to diverting 90 percent of waste by 2025. Additional efforts underway as part of The Giant Co.’s commitment to healing the planet include plastic bag recycling and plastic reduction, installing a solar field and bee pollinator habitat at its corporate headquarters, reducing emissions, installing energy-efficient fixtures in all stores, and providing customers with sustainable products such as coffee, tea and seafood.

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