Wal-Mart Canada turns trash into treasure



    Plastic and cardboard "sandwiches" turn 50% of store waste into revenue

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Wal-Mart Canada Corp. today announced
plans to expand its recycling program in stores nationwide following a
successful pilot project in approximately one-third of its 293 outlets. The
program uses a baler to create "sandwiches" comprised of a layer of plastic
film pressed between two layers of cardboard. Plastic film and cardboard
account for more than half of the waste generated by Wal-Mart store
operations.
    Earlier this year, as part of an aggressive sustainability commitment,
Wal-Mart Canada announced plans to reduce its waste by 87 million kilograms in
2007. The company is on track to exceed this target by 15 per cent. In
addition to environmental benefits, the company expects millions of dollars of
revenue this year on the sale of recyclable materials.
    "There is an important marriage between environmental sustainability and
business sustainability," said Mario Pilozzi, President and CEO of Wal-Mart
Canada. "With our in-store recycling programs, we are quite literally turning
trash into treasure."
    Traditionally, Wal-Mart Canada stores receive merchandise in corrugated
cardboard boxes, wrapped in plastic film. With a single baler in each Wal-Mart
store's stockroom, the cardboard and plastic is compacted into sandwiches,
stored, picked up by a recycling company, separated by material categories,
and sold.
    While the pilot recycling program included just the cardboard and plastic
film from merchandise shipments, Wal-Mart Canada is currently expanding the
program to include various plastics, like clothing hangers, used plastic
shopping bags returned by customers, and others.
    "In the end, we are recycling more materials, without re-inventing our
processes," said Pilozzi. "At the same time, overall, we are reducing our
garbage expenses, requiring 22,000 fewer garbage truck visits, and we're
selling waste by the tonne."

    About Wal-Mart Canada: Founded in 1994 and based in Mississauga, Ontario,
Wal-Mart Canada serves more than one million Canadians each day at its 293
outlets nationwide. Wal-Mart Canada has committed to three long-term
sustainability goals: 1. Produce zero waste; 2. Use 100 per cent renewable
energy; 3. Make environmentally preferable products available to Canadians.

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For further information:

For further information: Kevin Groh, Wal-Mart Canada, Director of
Corporate Affairs, (905) 821-2111 x8012


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