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Storefront: Saving Cardboard, Paper & Plastic


Each year, our goal is to improve our recycling practices.

We also make every effort to reduce our resource usage. In one case, by working with our supplier, we reduced 19,000 pounds of plastic by converting from a 2.5-gallon container of cleaning solution to a 1.5-gallon container of ultra-concentrated core cleaning and sanitation chemicals.

Here’s more about what we’ve recycled.

2021 Recycled Materials:

  • 307,826 tons of cardboard
  • 12,526 tons of mixed plastic
  • 6,516 tons of mixed paper

From our cardboard and paper recycling alone, this equates to saving:

  • 5.3 million trees
  • 2.2 billion gallons of water
  • 943,000 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 2.8 million barrels of oil


Here are some other gains we’ve made by conserving resources:

We saved an impressive amount of paper by moving our reference materials to an electronic format for our stores. This switch enabled us to donate thousands of binders to local schools, churches, and other nonprofit organizations.