Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Distributes Recycled Content Benches to Community Partners

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Distributes Recycled Content Benches to Community Partners

(June 24, 2021) Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful organized the distribution of garden benches made from recycled plastic bags to communities within The GIANT Company’s service area through GIANT’S Bags to Benches initiative. Benches were offered to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful participants in Doylestown, Bucks County; Chester County and Philadelphia near the Schuylkill River. The 21 benches will be installed in 21 separate, shared public spaces as part of each recipient’s neighborhood restorations and community enhancements.

  • The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County maintains six nature preserves for the public to enjoy at no charge. “The bench will be a wonderful addition at our New Leaf Sensory Garden on Rosedale Road in Kennett Square because this preserve serves primarily young children and families who want to explore the natural world. The bench will give parents a place to sit while their children play or participate in education programs at the site. We are honored to receive a bench and thank Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and The GIANT Company,” said Kathryn Pearlstine Freilich, Community-based Land Stewardship Coordinator, The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.
  • A new township park in East Pikeland Township, Chester County, features a dog park, community garden and orchard, and an Americans with Disabilities Act approved paved, looped walking path. The park incorporates nature education through features such as a rain garden, bio swale, native edible landscaping, butterfly habitat, and meadowland. Michelle Rubin, Community Resources Coordinator at East Pikeland Township said, “This new facility will allow East Pikeland Township the opportunity to provide area residents with additional parkland where they can recreate and gather with family and friends. The bench provided to us by this program will be utilized by visitors as a space to enjoy the scenery of the native meadow, watch birds, talk with a loved one, and more!”
  • The Churchville Nature Center is a facility of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Department of Parks and Recreation. Established in 1964, the center focuses on environmental education, public outreach and the preservation of native wildlife through its wide range of programs, projects and surveys. The center has re-opened its native butterfly house this summer for the first time since the summer of 2019.  “The donated bench is now located at our butterfly house gardens so people can sit down and experience butterflies in their natural habitat.  We appreciate the generosity of Giant Food Stores and re-purposing plastic bags into useful long-lasting furniture.” said, Kirsten Becker, Director, Churchville Nature Center.
  • Plans for Spar Hill Farm in Chadds Ford, Kennett Township, include mowed walking trails and a garden that will supply crops for local food banks. “The bench will be installed along the trails for nature lovers to enjoy the views that Spar Hill offers,” said Gretchen Flack, Kennett Township’s Executive Assistant.

Other bench locations include school grounds, walking trails, a farmer’s market, an historic village, a butterfly garden, an outdoor leadership and training center, nature preserves and memorial parks for students and members of the community to take a rest from gardening, hiking, learning or to simply take in the scenic view.

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is to empower Pennsylvania’s to keep our communities clean and beautiful. We do that through community litter pick-ups, illegal dump cleanups, educational activities, recycling and beautification efforts. Partnering with The Giant Company to offer recycled content benches to our program participants is an appropriate way to bring our efforts full circle. We had a fantastic response,” stated Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “We are very grateful for the communities that strive to improve their communities for all to enjoy.”

It takes about 10,000 plastic bags to make one park bench. Since 1997, more than 1,500 benches have been donated to local fire departments, churches, schools, townships, parks and playgrounds. For more information on The Giant Company’s responsible retailing efforts and commitment to the environment, visit https://giantfoodstores.com/community/care-for-the-environment/.

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About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s vision is a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has worked with hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state to pick up nearly 148 million pounds of trash from Pennsylvania’s roadways, waterways, greenways, vacant lots, forestlands and other community spaces. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s core programming focuses on litter and illegal dump prevention, cleanup, community greening, and proper waste handling and sustainable practices.  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful works with many partnering organizations on the state and grassroots level to accomplish our goal of a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania.  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org. 

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