Wal-Mart Working to Boost Plastics Recycling

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

September 23, 2013

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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.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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