Contact: Mark Dancy at Enviro-Bag, 843/237-1711 or Lori Willis at Schnuck Markets, 314/994-4602.

November 26, 2001

Schnucks' Ten-Year Partnership With Area Schools

Has Recycled More Than 7 Million Plastic Grocery Bags

ST. LOUIS - If the 7 million Schnucks plastic grocery bags recycled by St. Louis area schools were placed end to end, they would stretch to the top of the Gateway Arch 20,000 times!

In fall 1991, Schnucks piloted a program that recruited area schools to recycle used plastic grocery bags. Schools earn up to $1 for every pound of plastic collected. To close the loop, Schnucks sells trash bags made from the recovered material. This effort served as a model that is now being duplicated in cities across the United States.

Some of the top collectors in the nation include St. Louis area schools. Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in south St. Louis ranks 7th nationally having collected 397,160 bags. Our Lady of Fatima of Florissant ranks 10th with a total of 298,160 bags collected and Holy Family School of St. Louis ranks 16th with a total of 225,440.

"This recycling program is different from most because it is a closed loop," said Joanie Taylor, director of consumer affairs and community relations. "The same families who collect and turn in plastic bags at local schools can buy the recycled product off the shelf. It is a great combination of environmental action and community involvement."

ENVIRO-BAG of Pawleys Island, S. C. has been the driving force and partner in this effort with Schnucks and area schools. For more information about this program, visit the School Recycling website at or call Enviro-Bag at 1-800-866-3954.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 91 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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Editor's Note: It takes about 70 Schnucks plastic grocery bags to equal 1 pound.