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Giant Eagle, Inc. was selected among four companies honored by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) for its outstanding paper-recycling efforts. As AF&PA’s Business Leadership Recycling award winner, Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle was cited for establishing a comprehensive paper-recycling program throughout its headquarters buildings and corporately owned supermarkets, fuel stations and retail support centers. In 2008, Giant Eagle collected nearly 555 tons of mixed office paper and more than 42,000 tons of old corrugated containers for recycling.
In presenting its 2009 Recycling Award winners -- all of which represent successful and innovative paper-recycling program leaders from school, university, civic, and business communities -- AF&PA said that while the U.S. paper recovery rate grew in 2008 from 56 percent to 57.4 percent last year, the economic downturn caused a sharp decline in paper demand beginning in the fourth quarter of 2008. The long-term effects of the slowdown on recovery rates and recycling, according to the organization, will depend on the speed with which the economy rebounds.
"In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to highlight the recycling programs that are making a difference,” said AF&PA president/CEO Donna Harman, which called the award winners an “inspiration to us all.”
Aside from Giant Eagle, the three other AF&PA recycling standouts include Orange County, N.C., recipient of the AF&PA Community Recycling Award; Wake County Public School System, Wake County, N.C., which received the AF&PA School Recycling Award; and Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., which garnered the AF&PA College/University Recycling Award.
For more information, visit www.paperecycles.org.