PCC Natural Markets recognized as a "Best Workplace for Recycling & Waste Reduction"

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Seattle, Wash., July 29, 2009 — For the third consecutive year PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the nation's largest consumer-owned and operated natural foods retailer, has been recognized as a "Best Workplace for Recycling & Waste Reduction." by the King County (Wash.) Solid Waste Division. Sixty-five organizations qualified for this distinction, compared to 50 in 2008 and 21 in 2007. PCC has been the only grocery retailer to qualify each year.

To qualify as a Best Workplace for Recycling & Waste Reduction, organizations must follow at least 10 good business recycling practices that include placing recycling bins at every desk, collecting food scraps for off-site composting and having internal 'green teams' that support the organization's sustainable operations. Qualifying locations also must be in King County outside the city of Seattle. PCC operates three stores in the cities of Kirkland, Issaquah and Redmond; all nine PCC stores follow well more than two-thirds of the suggested recycling practices, not all of which are conducive to the operation of a grocery store.

"Resource conservation and waste reduction are daily commitments at PCC that are practiced by our almost 1,000 employees, expected of our suppliers and supported by our shoppers." said Tracy Wolpert, CEO. "There are significant costs to all of us every time a resource is wasted and significant savings - in dollars and environmental impact — every time a resource is given a second useful purpose."

King County releases the Best Workplaces for Recycling & Waste Reduction list annually. The goal of the list is to recognize the top recyclers and waste reducers, and to motivate others in the local business community to improve recycling and waste practices. According to Sharon Aller, King County program manager for the campaign, "Businesses like PCC Natural Markets demonstrate the value of creative approaches to recycling and reducing waste in the workplace - from desks, kitchens and break rooms, to anywhere employees generate recyclable materials or can reduce waste."

For more information about the Best Workplaces for Recycling & Waste Reduction campaign and what individual businesses are doing to improve recycling programs, visit www.kingcounty.gov/recyclemore.

About PCC: Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of $140 million and an active membership of 45,000 households. PCC operates nine stores in the Seward Park, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Fremont, Kirkland, Redmond, Edmonds and Issaquah neighborhoods. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com

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