Weis Markets Receives GreenChill and Recycling Awards
October 13, 2016
Weis Markets has received three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GreenChill Awards for its refrigerant management programs, and has been recognized with the Business Leadership in Recycling Award by the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) for a range of recycling initiatives.
Weis Markets’ GreenChill honors included:
- 2015 Achievement Award - Most Improved Emissions Rate (since baseline year) - Recognizing the most improved emissions rate for commercial systems from the previous year, and the Partner with the most improved emissions rate since their baseline year.
- 2015 Achievement Award - Superior Goal Achievement - To each Partner that achieves its annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal.
- 2015-2016 Achievement Award - Store Re-Certification Excellence (Bellefonte, Pa.) - To each supermarket that has renewed its GreenChill Store Certification for five consecutive years.
The Business Leadership in Recycling Award recognizes Weis Markets for the grocer’s: food composting program in 70 stores throughout the Mid Atlantic region; creative recycling of waxed cardboard that is used to produce Enviro-Log Fire Logs sold in its stores; and recycling of plastic bags, which are used to produce Trex wood-alternative decking. The plastic lumber made from these bags also is built into benches that are distributed throughout local communities.
According to Patti Olenick, Weis Markets’ sustainability manager, the chain recycled 33,000 tons of material in 2015 and aims to increase that total by another five percent in 2016.
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