Walmart Canada gets closer to zero



    
    Company makes home office zero waste facility and expands purchase of
    zero emission power
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 7 /CNW/ - In pursuit of its long-term
sustainability goals, to produce zero waste and to be powered 100 per cent by
renewable energy, Walmart Canada announced today that its home office has
implemented a zero waste program and that it has significantly expanded its
purchase of zero emission power through Bullfrog Power, a Canadian provider of
low-impact renewable electricity.
    "We continue to take bold steps to achieve our sustainability goals and
to reduce our environmental footprint," said Jim Thompson, senior vice
president of operations for Walmart Canada. "Whether it's looking at the waste
we produce, the energy we use, the products we stock or the way we package and
ship them, Walmart Canada is committed to finding innovative solutions to
environmental issues and to leadership in sustainability."

    Zero Waste Home Office

    Walmart Canada's home office zero waste program focuses on waste
reduction and waste diversion from landfill. The company has implemented
numerous innovative waste diversion recycling streams and an associate
education program in order to reach a goal of 95 per cent waste diversion.
    "Our hope is to take best practices from our home office zero waste
initiative and to adopt them chain-wide in the future," added Thompson.
"Walmart Canada has already reached a 65 per cent waste diversion rate across
our operations and has a goal to reach 80 per cent company-wide by 2014."
    In addition to recycling streams for paper fibres, beverage bottles and
plastic, the company's home office has added streams for coffee cups,
organics, polystyrene, electronics and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Over
40 more recycling centres have been added around the office in order to
facilitate and encourage wider recycling by associates.
    Walmart Canada's home office is also focusing on waste reduction. The
company has eliminated polystyrene take-out containers and plastic cutlery
from its cafeteria and has replaced them with compostable sugar cane
containers and corn-based bioplastic cutlery. Non-disposable plates and
cutlery are also available for associate use.
    Reverse osmosis water filtration systems have been placed throughout the
office to reduce plastic water bottle waste and new cleaning stations allow
associates to more easily use and clean reusable containers.
    A new education program teaches associates how to be more sustainable at
work. Initial education seminars have focused on showing associates how to
recycle and the benefits of using reusable water vessels and coffee mugs.

    Zero Emission Power

    Walmart Canada has increased its purchase of zero emission power by 42
per cent and remains one of Canada's largest commercial purchasers of
renewable electricity. Under its new three-year agreement with Bullfrog Power,
Canada's leading provider of 100 per cent green electricity, Walmart Canada
has bullfrogpowered(TM) its home office as well as stores in Ontario, Alberta
and British Columbia. For the first time ever, the company also
bullfrogpowered its annual year beginning meeting, which took place in
February.
    "Extending our purchase of green power builds on our existing and bold
efforts to better manage our energy use," said Thompson. "Whether we're
installing high-efficiency equipment and innovations in our new stores or
converting our more than one million light bulbs nationwide to energy
efficient alternatives, Walmart Canada is focused on energy efficiency and
renewable power for the long-term benefit of our business and of the planet."
    Since 2005, Walmart has been actively working towards three long-term
sustainability goals globally and in Canada:

    
    1.  To produce zero waste;
    2.  To be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy; and,
    3.  To make more environmentally preferable products available to
        customers.
    

    For more information on how Walmart Canada is contributing to the greener
good, please visit: www.forthegreenergood.ca.

    About Walmart Canada

    Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Walmart Canada Corp. operates 312
retail outlets nationwide. The company's vision is to demonstrate
environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of its operations
through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and products, as well
as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local environments.

    About Bullfrog Power

    Bullfrog Power is Canada's leading provider of 100 per cent green
electricity. Founded in 2005, Bullfrog Power is the only company providing
everyone in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia with the choice to support
100 per cent low-impact renewable electricity. Bullfrog Power supplies
bullfrogpowered customers exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have
been certified by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program, instead of
carbon-intensive sources like coal and oil or from higher impact hydro
facilities. Bullfrog Power customers are providing the demand to enable new
generation facilities to be built in Canada. Thousands of Canadian homeowners
and hundreds of businesses have made the decision to become
bullfrogpowered(TM). www.bullfrogpower.com





For further information:

For further information: Karin Campbell, Corporate Affairs, Walmart
Canada, (905) 821-2111 x4042


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