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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — The Rutter's Farm Stores location here is the recipient of the 2014 Commercial Recycling Award given by the Mechanicsburg Borough Council. The award is given in recognition of outstanding recycling practices.
Since opening in December 2013, the convenience store at 714 W. Main St. has recycled more than 400 pounds of fryer grease and 17 tons of cardboard and other materials. Companywide, York, Pa.-based Rutter's recycled 81,370 pounds of fryer grease and more than 645 tons of cardboard and other materials in 2013.
“We are committed to creating sustainable, healthy workplaces that inspire greatness from our employees, as well as improve the environment of the communities we serve,” said Derek Gaskins, Rutter’s chief customer officer.
According to Rutter's, it became the first U.S. convenience store chain to implement a companywide recycling program in 2009. The retailer also integrates sustainable building practices into each new store, including skylights, instant hot water heaters, a white reflective roof, LED lighting, infrared lighting sensors, and meadow grass and wildflowers as an alternative to traditional landscaping.
Rutter's Farm Stores operates 60 c-stores throughout south central Pennsylvania.