The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP), a non-profit association of recycling professionals, recently recognized Weis Markets for its recycling and sustainability initiatives.
Weis Markets is a Pennsylvania-based company that not only sells quality produce and dairy products, but it also is committed to social responsibility. The company designs each store with energy efficiency and waste reduction in mind, as well as works with local communities to advance sustainable agriculture. In fact, in Pennsylvania alone, Weis Markets buys more than 24 million pounds of locally grown produce each year.
An even more impressive statistic is the million pounds of plastic bags and 14 million pounds of cardboard that the company recycles each year. Last year Weis Markets formed a partnership with Enviro-Log, the nation’s largest recycler of waxed corrugated cardboard, to greatly increase these recycling numbers.
The company began sending its wax cardboard containers (WOCC), which are used to store vegetables and meat, to Enviro-Log. These containers are recycled into long-lasting firelogs that burn 60-70% cleaner than wood. The firelogs also produce 30% less emissions, 80% less carbon monoxide and 50% more energy per pound.
According to the Enviro-Log website, “Everyday more than 1.5 million wax corrugated cardboard containers (WOCC) are produced in the U.S.” This equates to more than 600,000 tons of containers that eventually end up in landfills. All 163 Weis Markets now participate in the Enviro-Log recycling program, and this has dramatically reduced the company’s carbon footprint and total waste stream.
You can read more about Weis Markets sustainability goals here.