Wal-Mart Working to Boost Plastics Recycling

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is working with cities to increase plastics recycling and with suppliers to increase recycled content and make packaging more recyclable.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer said in a news release from a recent sustainability meeting that changes in packaging are already being implemented in products such as beverage, over-the-counter drugs, dairy creamers and berry containers.

Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club also have implemented a smartphone trade-in program in the U.S. to divert them from landfills.

Wal-Mart said more than 29 million tons of plastics go to landfills annually at a cost of $6.6 billion.

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