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Sustainability - Wegmans Food Markets Joins the How2Recycle Label Program as its First Grocery Store Participant

Rochester, NY, January 23, 2014 -

Wegmans Food Markets is the newest participant, and the first grocer, to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle Label program. With the addition of Wegmans, the How2Recycle Label surpassed its 2013 goal of 20 participating companies.

Wegmans is the fifth How2Recycle participant and first retailer to receive a sponsorship from the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) for use of the Store Drop-off Label on their plastic carryout bags. FFRG sponsorships remain available.

“Wegmans has accepted used plastic bags and wrapping material for recycling at our stores since 1994 as a way to help make a difference in the communities we serve. Our adoption of the How2Recycle Label is a step in the right direction as we try to clear up the confusion surrounding recycling,” said Jason Wadsworth, Sustainability Coordinator for Wegmans.

Wegmans customers will initially see How2Recycle’s Store Drop-off Label on plastic carryout bags, with plans to expand to various flexible plastic materials throughout their stores, including deli and produce bags.

Furthering their goal to educate shoppers about plastic film recycling and to direct them to the correct bin, Wegmans is also displaying a prominent educational poster near store entrances. The FFRG designed a similar poster that retailers and grocers are able to download for free.
“We have enjoyed our collaboration with Wegmans. Their well-rounded approach is exactly what we hoped for when we developed the How2Recycle Label program,” said Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager at GreenBlue. “Wegmans’ strategy will provide benefit not only for their own stores and customers, but also for How2Recycle’s larger goals, by acting as a positive example for the grocery and recycled film industries overall.”

About How2Recycle How2Recycle is a program of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. GreenBlue’s goal is for the How2Recycle Label to appear on the majority of consumer goods packaging by 2016 and to provide participating companies with detailed information regarding the recyclability of their packaging. Any company interested in joining How2Recycle or obtaining a fee sponsorship should visit www.how2recycle.info/how2join and contact Anne Bedarf at anne.bedarf@greenblue.org. Fee sponsorships remain available and are made possible through the support of the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council and sponsorships remain available for companies using How2Recycle for plastic bags, wraps, and films. About the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and GreenBlue GreenBlue® is an an environmental nonprofit that shapes the business of sustainability by equipping individuals with the science, resources, and technology needed to make business more sustainable. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition®, a project of GreenBlue, is a membership group that brings together business, educational institutions, and government agencies to collectively broaden the understanding of packaging sustainability and develop meaningful improvements for packaging solutions. About Wegmans Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Press Contact:
Wegmans
Jo Natale
Director of Media Relationsh
585-429-3627
GreenBlue
Michelle Doty
Communications Coordinator
michelle.doty@greenblue.org
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