Wal-Mart Canada launches innovative polystyrene recycling program

    Program will turn retailer's polystyrene waste into fire-resistant

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Wal-Mart Canada today announced the
launch of an innovative polystyrene recycling program and a significant step
towards meeting its sustainability goal of producing zero waste. Grace Canada,
a producer of specialty construction materials, will collect used expandable
polystyrene packaging from eight Wal-Mart Canada locations and reuse it in the
production of its fire-resistant commercial insulation product.
    Commonly referred to as Styrofoam(TM), a trademarked brand of polystyrene
thermal insulation material, polystyrene is a non-biodegradable plastic resin
that takes hundreds of years to break down. Used commonly in product
packaging, polystyrene has a high volume and low weight, which gives it a low
scrap value.
    "As we work with our merchandise suppliers long-term to eliminate the
polystyrene used in products and packaging, we're also looking at interim
solutions to divert this waste from landfill," said John Lawrence, director of
corporate social responsibility for Wal-Mart Canada. "We have ambitious
sustainability goals and continue to seek innovative solutions in order to
meet them. We've found an answer that is a triple win, for Wal-Mart Canada,
Grace Canada and most importantly, the environment."
    "This is an excellent example of the "zero waste" thinking that we need
here in Ontario. Almost all waste materials have some value that can be
recovered and turned into new products," said the Hon. John Gerretsen,
Minister of Environment. "I am encouraged that Wal-Mart Canada and Grace
Canada have taken the lead on this exciting project."
    In recent years, Wal-Mart Canada has adopted numerous waste diversion
initiatives across its operations in order to minimize its environmental
footprint. In-store, multi-stream waste diversion programs currently recycle
paper fibres, beverage containers as well as plastic bags and film. In 2007,
Wal-Mart Canada diverted over 100,000,000 kilograms of waste from landfill and
has seen an over 20 per cent increase in waste diversion already over last
    "We're finding that sustainable change is key to the sustainability of
the environment and our business," added Lawrence. "At the same time as our
efforts are positively affecting the environment, we've also seen significant
cost savings for our company, as a result of these programs, that we're then
able to pass on to our customers."
    Grace Canada will recycle the polystyrene at its Ajax plant using a
proprietary process, pioneered by the company's in-house engineers. The
company began recycling polystyrene at three North American plants, including
Ajax, in 1997. To-date, Grace Canada and its parent company W. R. Grace & Co.,
have recycled over 34.9 million kilograms or 77 million pounds of foam
polystyrene. The Ajax plant alone has the capacity to reuse approximately four
million pounds of the material.

    The following Wal-Mart Canada locations in Southern Ontario will pilot
the polystyrene recycling program:

    Wal-Mart Canada home office, Mississauga
    Ajax Wal-Mart Canada store, 270 Kingston Road East, RR No. 1
    Hanover Wal-Mart Canada store,1100 - 10th Street
    Oshawa Wal-Mart Canada store, 1471 Harmony Road
    Pickering Wal-Mart Canada store, 1899 Brock Road
    Pickering Sam's Club, 1899 Brock Road, Unit No. 1
    Scarborough East Wal-Mart Canada store, 799 Milner Avenue
    Whitby Wal-Mart Canada store, 4100 Baldwin Street (S)

    This initiative is part of a wider sustainability strategy and focus for
Wal-Mart Canada. Since 2005, the company 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

    Recently, the company launched its second Corporate Social Responsibility
Report, highlighting not only its progress in environmental sustainability but
in community investment and involvement, global sourcing and people. The
report is available online at

    About Wal-Mart Canada

    Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. operates 310
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 Grace

    Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products to
petroleum refiners; catalysts for the manufacture of plastics; silica-based
engineered and specialty materials for a wide-range of industrial
applications; specialty chemicals, additives and building materials for
commercial and residential construction; and sealants and coatings for food
and beverage packaging. With annual sales of more than $3.1 billion, Grace has
about 6,500 employees and operations in over 40 countries. For more
information, visit Grace's web site at www.graceconstruction.com.

For further information:

For further information: Karin Campbell, corporate affairs, Wal-Mart
Canada, (905) 821-2111 x 4042

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