SUNBURY, Pa., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK) announced today (October 12, 2016) that the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) recently recognized the food retailer for its food waste composting initiative, and its reusable and plastic bag recycling programs with the 2016 annual “Business Leadership in Recycling Award.”
“We are honored and proud to receive this award in recognition for the hard work and commitment we make each day to sustainability,” stated Patti Olenick, Sustainability Manager at Weis Markets. “In 2015, we recycled 33,000 tons of material and set a goal to increase this total by another five percent in 2016. Our recycling program is key to our company’s success and our planet’s future.”
The award recognizes Weis Markets for its food composting program currently conducted in 70 stores throughout the Mid Atlantic region, its creative recycling of waxed cardboard that is used to produce Enviro-Log Fire Logs sold in company stores, and its recycling of plastic bags, which are used to produce Trex wood-alternative decking. The plastic lumber made from these bags is also built into benches that are distributed throughout local communities.
“The NRC Awards committee was impressed with Weis Markets’ multi-pronged approach to recycling,” said Lisa A. Skumatz, Ph.D Principal, Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA). “The innovative programs serve as an outstanding example for others within the industry and were a deciding factor for this award.”
NRC recently awarded Weis Markets the coveted award during the annual Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NRC focuses on the promotion and enhancement of recycling in the United States with an emphasis on waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. Its network consists of more than 6,000 members from non-profits, businesses, government organizations and trade associations.
For more information about Weis Markets sustainability program, visit WeisMarkets.com.
About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 190 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.
1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801
Source: Weis Markets, Inc.