Dollar General’s Ardmore Distribution Center collects and recycles 102,200 pounds of cardboard daily, according to company officials.


Dollar General’s Ardmore Distribution Center collects and recycles 102,200 pounds of cardboard daily, according to company officials.


The effort is part of a company initiative to recycle all shipping and packaging boxes. The local distribution center is credited with recycling 23.2 million pounds of cardboard and saving the equivalent of 197,000 trees.


“Many of our stores have recycled cardboard locally for years and now those efforts are being reinforced with the rollout of a comprehensive national program that is managed through our distribution centers,” said Bill Bass, Dollar General’s vice president of operations.


“With 177 million pounds of cardboard recycled since the program began, we are making a difference.”


The company’s Ardmore-based trucks are being used to collect shipping and packaging boxes from 1,242 Dollar General stores in the region. The collections are returned to the distribution center for baling and recycling.


Launched in July 2008, as part of the company’s commitment to the environment and its customers, the large scale recycling effort is part of Dollar General’s “Save Time. Save Money. Save Our Planet.” campaign. The project includes investments to reduce energy consumption and promote recycling at stores, distribution centers and the company’s headquarters.


“Our Ardmore employees were critical to the recycling program’s success,” said Riley Seals, local Dollar General manager . “We are proud to be making a difference for the environment.”