2009-04-30 / Local & State

Giant Foods Recycles Bags To Benches

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Giant Food, an Ahold Co., recently donated park benches, made out of recycled plastic lumber, to the McConnellsburg Lions Club Park and to Southern Fulton Elementary School's "Alleene Hoopengardner Memorial Trail for Environmental Studies".

Giant Food notes that the plastic lumber used to construct the benches is made from recycled grocery bags. The store urges county residents to recycle their plastic grocery bags at the McConnellsburg Giant Food Store. Greg Reineke, Fulton County recycling coordinator, said: "The Giant Food store is actually the only place in the county where you can recycle plastic shopping/grocery bags, as the county's drop-off recycling program does not accept any sort of plastic bag."

Reineke urges residents to "take advantage of the program Giant provides and recycle your bags at their store." It takes more than 12,000 plastic grocery bags to make one park bench.

Giant Food indicated that the more plastic bags it's able to recycle, the more likely it can provide Fulton County with more park benches in the future.

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