Giant Eagle® supports a comprehensive recycling program in our stores, operations facilities and offices.
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Every year, we recycle more than 45,000 tons of cardboard, paper, plastics and cans. Our customers and Team Members have also collected and recycled nearly 600 tons of plastic shopping bags!

In 2015 at our corporate headquarters alone, we recycled 484,000 pounds of paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, which saved:

  • 4,122 trees
  • Nearly 1.7 million gallons of water
  • One million kilowatt hours of electricity
  • 824 cubic yards of reduced waste

eWaste Collection Bin

eWaste Collection Bins

Giant Eagle's new eWaste collection bins allow customers to donate used ink cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and GPS devices for responsible recycling. In addition, Giant Eagle will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the profits generated to local food banks. This is a huge win-win for everyone involved, and allows customers not only the convenience of recycling, but also allows them an opportunity to help feed the less fortunate in their area. Available at many locations, check with your local store.

Giant Eagle was awarded the American Forest & Paper Association's 2009 Business Leadership Recycling Award for our comprehensive paper recycling programs. Please visit the American Forest & Paper Association for details.

Giant Eagle's Plastic Bag Recycling Program

Recycling works! Customers can return their clean, dry, plastic grocery bags at a local store and when combined with film plastic collected from our operations, the bags will be recycled into earth-friendly composite decking & railing that's made in the U.S.A. Here are lists of items that we do and do not recycle.

Giant Eagle accepts the following items:

  • Plastic newspaper sleeves
  • Clear shrink wrap and stretch film plastic
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Clear bags
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Clean and dry plastic produce bags
  • Dry cleaner bags


Giant Eagle does not accept the following items:

  • Paper, glass, metal or garbage
  • Hard or rigid plastic
  • Food or chemical contaminated bags
  • Black or dark colored bags (PVC)


Thank you for recycling!