press release

December 6, 2012

Contact:
Christopher Brand
[email protected]

SELECT GIANT FOOD STORE PHARMACIES BEGIN RECYCLING EMPTY RESPIRATORY INHALERS

Recycling program from GlaxoSmithKline helps reduce carbon footprint

Carlisle, PA - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 18.7 million people, including approximately 7 million children, have asthma, making it one of the country’s most common diseases. Respiratory inhalers are one of the most common devices used in the treatment of asthmas as well as other respiratory conditions including COPD, flu and allergies. However, inhalers are not recycled by standard community recycling programs. Forty-eight greater Philadelphia GIANT Food Stores are participating in an innovative recycling program from GlaxoSmithKline known as Complete the Cycle™ Recycle Program for GSK Respiratory Inhalers to reduce the amount of inhalers that end up in landfills.

GIANT pharmacy customers who receive a prescription for a GlaxoSmithKline respiratory inhaler will now notice a sticker placed on their inhaler box stating that the inhaler can be returned to the pharmacy for recycling. Customers can place their empty inhalers in the specially designed box available in the pharmacy department.

“This recycling program is an opportunity for our customers to safely dispose of their inhalers at our friendly pharmacies,” said Leigh Shirley, director of pharmacy operations. “As a company GIANT is always looking for ways to minimize our impact on the environment whether it be in our stores, on the roads or in our distribution centers.”

GlaxoSmithKline works with a specialized recycler to process this recycling so that almost all parts of the inhaler can be reused. Plastic components are used to make new household items, such as hangers and flower pots. The remaining gas is recovered and reused and the metal from the canisters is recycled. The inhalers are not recycled to produce new inhalers. A list of participating GIANT locations is below or visit www.GSKCompleteTheCycle.com for more details.

The forty-eight participating GIANT Food Stores include:

  • 539 North Oak Avenue, Aldan
  • 2910 Springfield Road, Broomall
  • 3015 West Emmaus Avenue, Allentown
  • 10 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken
  • 3100 Tilghman Street, Allentown
  • 216 East Fairmont St. Route 309
  • 3400 Concord Road, Aston Coopersburg
  • 2721 Street Road, Bensalem
  • 202 Chestnut Street, Coplay
  • 2918 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem
  • 301 Town Center Boulevard, Easton
  • 2174 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem
  • 801 South 25th Street, Eason
  • 3926 Linden Street, Bethlehem
  • 153 East Swedesford Road, Exton
  • 1760 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell
  • 471 South Oxford Valley Road, Fairless
  • 3935 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading Hills
  • 2641 Shillington Road, Reading
  • 173 Holly Road, Gilbertsville
  • 967 South Township Line Road
  • 1540 Cowpath Road, Hatfield Royersford
  • 1880 Leithsville Road, Hellertown
  • 1824 Ridge Pike, Royersford
  • 350 Scarlet Road, Kennett Square
  • 600 East Lancaster Avenue, Shillington
  • 300 East Baltimore Avenue, Lansdowne
  • 760 Route 113, Souderton
  • 4001 New Falls Road, Levittown
  • 721 West Sproul Road, Springfield
  • 859 Nazareth Pike, Nazareth
  • 180 Upland Square Drive, Stowe
  • 6542 East Logan Square, New Hope
  • 4320 North Fifth Street Highway
  • 2670 Egypt Road, Norristown Temple
  • 1201 Knapp Drive, North Wales
  • 3477 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale
  • 1153 North Fifth Street, Perkasie
  • 7150 Hamilton Boulevard, Trexlertown
  • 700 Nutt Road, Phoenixville
  • 698 Downingtown Pike, West Chester
  • 2450 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting
  • 849 West Baltimore Pike, West Grove
  • 86 Glocker Way, Pottstown
  • 2104 Van Reed Road, West Lawn
  • 901 Southeast End Boulevard
  • 2641 Macarthur Road, Whitehall Quakertown
  • 315 York Road, Willow Grove

About GIANT/MARTIN’S

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 www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/giantfoodstores and facebook.com/martinsfoods.

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