PCC Natural Markets recognized as "Best Workplace for Recycling 2007"

Seattle, Wash., July 20, 2007 — PCC Natural Markets, the nation's largest consumer owned natural foods cooperative, has been recognized a "Best Workplace for Recycling 2007."

The Best Workplace for Recycling award is given to companies that have shown leadership and commitment to making recycling and other waste reduction practices part of routine business operations. PCC is one of 21 businesses that have been acknowledged for its efforts by the Solid Waste Division of King County, WA, and the only grocery retailer. All eight of PCC's stores are located in King County.

"Resource conservation and waste reduction is a daily commitment at PCC, shared by our 770 employees," said Tracy Wolpert, CEO. "Our entire staff shares in the pride of being selected as a "Best Workplace for Recycling."

There are currently no regulated standards for recycling efforts by businesses, but PCC has had procedures in place for several years that not only make recycling required in all stores and its business office, they are easy for employees to follow. Waste reduction actions taken by PCC internally have included procedures to maximize recycling cardboard, plastic products, mixed paper, glass and cans, and procedures for composting food waste and waxed cardboard.

In 2006, 855 tons of cardboard were recycled at all PCC locations, and over 500 tons of compostables were collected. Resources conservation is achieved in several ways, from the programming of office printers to print on both sides of a page, to zero waste staff, member and public events.

PCC's commitment to recycling is shared by customers and suppliers, as well as staff. Customers re-used almost 578,000 grocery bags, coffee bags and egg cartons last year. Forty-one tons of clothing and household items no longer needed by shoppers that might otherwise have gone to landfills were collected in bins placed at PCC locations by Northwest Center, a local non-profit that funds, in part, its support of persons with disabilities through the resale of donated items. Vendors such as Rents Due, a local grower, and Ocean Beauty, PCC's primary seafood supplier, also do their part through programs that reduce delivery packaging and encourage re-use of delivery containers.

For more information about the "Best Workplace for Recycling" award program visit www.metrokc.gov/dnrp/swd/garbage-recycling/best-workplaces.asp

About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, WA, PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of $105 million and an active membership of nearly 40,000 households. PCC operates eight stores in the Seward Park, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Fremont, Kirkland, Redmond, and Issaquah neighborhoods. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com

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