Glad Partners With NYC's Sanitation to Keep City Clean This Holiday Season

The Glad Products Company Donates 125,000 Trash Bags for Community Clean-Up


Nov 21, 2006, 00:00 ET from The Glad Products Company

    NEW YORK, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- While visions of sugar plums may
 happen in our minds each holiday season, most Americans are more likely to
 have visions of greasy napkins, brown bananas, chicken bones and green
 baloney. That's right, we're talking trash. Americans throw away 25 percent
 more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's than any other time of year.
 This extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage or about 1 million
 extra tons each week.(1)
     Helping to tame the trash, The Glad Products Company has partnered with
 New York City's Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to donate 125,000 trash
 bags for community clean-up efforts. It's part of a larger partnership
 between Glad and Keep America Beautiful. Additionally, 22-by 28-inch signs
 reading "Glad -- New York City Tough. Keep NYC Clean" have been placed on
 2,200 DSNY sanitation trucks through January, encouraging New Yorkers to be
 mindful of excess waste. The Glad partnership marks the first time signage
 has adorned the City's collection vehicles.
     Tips for Taming Trash According to a Glad Trash Trend survey, almost
 three in four women (73.3%) agree most holiday trash consists of wrapping
 paper and packaging, and one in five women (21.7%) site food-related waste
 or food.(2) But excess waste can be avoided with a little pre-planning.
 Vito A. Turso, NYC's Department Deputy Commissioner for Public Information
 and Community Affairs, offers these simple solutions for a less wasteful
 and more environmentally responsible holiday:
     -- Waste not with wrapping. Reuse gift bags, wrapping paper and ribbon
        when wrapping this season's gifts. Or use old posters, maps, comic
        pages -- even cake pans or decorative baskets.
     -- Bring your own shopping bag. Thousands of paper and plastic shopping
        bags end up in landfills each year. Bring reusable bags for gift or
        grocery shopping. Tell store clerks you don't need a bag for small or
        oversized purchases.
     -- Don't let your leftovers go to waste. After holiday parties, put
        leftovers in recyclable containers or take them to a homeless shelter.
     -- Give a gift that doesn't need to be wrapped. Purchase movie or concert
        tickets, gift certificates or make a donation to a local charity in
        someone's name.
     -- Recharge. About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the
        holiday season. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany electronic
        gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well.
     -- Don't use paper or plastic when entertaining. Use dishes, glassware and
        silverware for parties rather than disposable paper goods. If your
        party is larger than your dish and glass supply, consider renting these
     -- Cut down on catalogs. Take the time to call mail-order supply companies
        and request that your name be removed from unwanted subscriptions and
        mailing lists.
     -- Re-use your tree. More than 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in
        North America each year. After use, look for ways to recycle your tree
        instead of sending it to a landfill. Check with your community solid
        waste department and find out if they collect and mulch trees. Your
        town might be able to use chippings from mulched trees for hiking
        trails and beachfront erosion barriers.
     -- Involve neighbors and friends. Winter is an excellent time of year to
        conduct neighborhood food or clothing drives to help those in need.
        Instead of giving gifts to your friends, make a pact to give back to
        the community via volunteering.
     About The Glad Products Company
     The Glad Products Company is a subsidiary of The Clorox Company,
 headquartered in Oakland, Calif. In addition to Glad(R) ForceFlex(R) trash
 bags, the Glad lineup of products in the United States and Canada includes
 freezer, food storage and sandwich bags; food wraps; outdoor, indoor and
 recycling disposal bags; and GladWare(R) containers and ovenware. Glad
 products are developed and manufactured under a joint venture agreement
 between The Clorox Company, The Glad Products Company and The Procter &
 Gamble Company.
     About New York City Department of Sanitation
     Since 1881, when the New York City Department of Sanitation was
 founded, waste collection and disposal have come virtually full circle. At
 the end of the 19th century, one of the Department's most prolific
 commissioners, Colonel George Waring, instituted efficiencies and waste
 reduction programs that foretold the programs of today -- including
 recycling, street sweeping and a dedicated uniformed cleaning and
 collection force. Today, the Department is the world's largest, collecting
 over 12,000 tons of residential and institutional refuse and recyclables a
 day. The City's businesses, whose waste is collected by private carting
 companies, generate another 13,000 tons of refuse each day.
     About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
     Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's
 largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a
 network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep
 America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that
 engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their
 community environments. For additional information, visit .
     (1) Use Less Stuff Report.
     (2) Glad Trash Bag Usage Survey Part II. 25 August 2005.

SOURCE The Glad Products Company