News Release
 January 25, 2021
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
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Consumer Can Now Return Retailers Produce Tags and Ties for Recycling

Williamsville, N.Y. – Each year, billions of produce items move from grower to retailer to consumer. While each member of the supply chain makes a conscious effort to improve sustainable practices – from land use to packing efficiencies to food waste reduction – there is no uniform solution for reusing or recycling the small but essential produce tag or twist tie.

In Tops’ ongoing quest to be as sustainable at every turn as possible, it recently partnered with TagBack® by Bedford, a Minnesota based company, that recycles produce tags and ties and upcycles them into other useable products. Customers can simply collect their produce twist ties, tags, and labels and deposit them in the designated box on their next shopping trip knowing they're making a difference.

“As we continue to expand out sustainability efforts, incorporating a program like TagBack simply made sense,” said Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral for Tops Friendly Markets. “We have launched the program at 12 locations across our footprint and are hopeful that we’ll continue to expand throughout 2021.”

TagBack bins will be located in the produce departments at the following 12 Tops locations:

3201 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 65 Grey Street, East Aurora, NY 4250 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg, NY 4777 Transit Rd., Depew, NY 2351 Maple Rd., Amherst, NY 9660 Transit Rd., Amherst, NY 6363 Transit Rd., Amherst, NY 390 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 128 W. Main St., Leroy, NY 2382 Route 19, Warsaw, NY 12775 Broadway, Alden, NY 150 Prospect St., Attica, NY Produce tags can also be mailed back directly to the Bedford company as well in a small envelope or box at Bedford Industries, c/o TagBack 1659 Rowe Ave., PO Box 39, Worthington, MN 56187.

When the tags and ties are returned to the Bedford facility, the company sorts and recycles them in-house through their equipment. Better yet, these tags then have a second life as they are diverted from landfills and are upcycled into other products.

“Within the produce industry, most sustainability goals don’t match the capabilities of the American recycling system due to varying local recycling parameters,” said Jay Milbrandt, president of Bedford Industries. “At Bedford, we have spent years searching and perfecting the best recycling equipment to reuse our own waste and target a zero-landfill goal. Now, with TagBack, we want to make our recycling systems available to growers and their retail partners.”

To learn more about TagBack visit their website at


Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit


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