SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Smith’s grocery stores invited customers to bring their plastic bags and other plastics that will eventually be recycled to park benches.
April was named Earth Month to observe Smith’s encouraging customers to return their thin-filter plastics, which include grocery bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, and clean sandwich bags.
The stores will have trash cans to fill with the plastics.
“Instead of dumping plastic bags in landfills or green spaces, we’re using innovative services to turn the material into plastic wood for building communal benches and other items,” said Aubriana Martindale. BlacksmithCorporate Affairs Manager. “Earth month is a great catalyst for action and awareness. Instead of throwing away plastic bags and other plastic items, we encourage our customers to put them in bins in the vestibules of our stores and help us turn more bags into benches. “
Martindale said customers get five gas stations for every plastic bag they bring for a maximum of 50 points.
A press release said Smith recycled 39 million pounds of plastic from its stores last year and committed to phasing out single-use plastic bags by 2025.