press release

April 17, 2015

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Showcase your greener efforts with #giantgoesgreen or #martinsgoesgreen

Carlisle, PA – As a company, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets has a strong focus on greener efforts from reducing impact of its own operations to offering support to customers to do their part in cutting down on waste. By 2020, they have set a goal of getting to “zero waste,” diverting 90% of waste going into landfills and incineration through the expansion of recycling programs. In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, GIANT/MARTIN’S is highlighting the top five ways they are being a responsible retailer and a better neighbor to the environment.

  • Recycling plastic bags. Customers can bring their plastic bags to any GIANT/MARTIN’S store and place in the recycling bins found near the front entrance. The bags are then turned into park benches. It takes more than 12,000 plastic bags to make one park bench. Since 1997, a total of 1,700 benches have been donated to local fire departments, churches, schools, townships, parks and playgrounds. In 2015, a total of 50 benches will be donated to help beautify the communities in which the stores operate.
  • Remembering reusable. GIANT/MARTIN’S has a companywide goal of reducing disposable bags by 1 billion and is achieving this by reminding customers to bring reusable bags with them each and every time they shop.
  • Organic recycling. Organic recycling efforts include increasing consumable food bank donations such as bakery items and frozen meat to regional food banks. In 2014, GIANT/MARTIN’S donated more than one million pounds in safe frozen meat through its Meat the Needs program, diverting from landfills and onto the plates of those in need. Food that cannot be donated is reused as livestock feed or for compost.
  • Cutting cardboard. All GIANT/MARTIN’S stores and its perishable distribution center are focused on recycling all cardboard. Approximately 50,000 tons of cardboard are recycled by GIANT/MARTIN’S annually.
  • Building greener. Newer GIANT/MARTIN’S stores continue to be built with innovative green building technologies that reduce energy consumption, conserve water and reduce the environmental impact of operations. GIANT/MARTIN’S also makes its existing stores more energy efficient by improving the efficiency of the refrigerated and frozen food cases and installing LED lighting.

So how do you go green? On Earth Day, April 22, GIANT/MARTIN’S is encouraging its customers to take to Twitter and tweet a photo showing how they are being a better neighbor to their environment using the hashtag #giantgoesgreen or #martinsgoesgreen.


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund- raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.