Walmart’s Zero Waste program – a guardedly optimistic perspective

After reading an article today by Michelle Mauthe Harvey about Walmart’s progress with their program to generate zero waste, I have to say I was impressed with the way the retailer has continued to seek workable options that will alow it to meet its goal.

Faced with challenges that included lack of infrastructure and established resources to work with in order to funnel their organic waste, Walmart has steadily worked with the Environmental Defense Fund to find viable environmentally sound alternatives that would create real options. These include partnering with Feed America and providing fresh food that’s “past its prime” to more than 130 wild animal parks and swine operations around the country.

Walmart's "super sandwich bale" helps them divert recyclables from landfills

As Harvey notes in her article, “getting to zero waste is hard.”  Yet Walmart is making real headway in their commitment to achieving zero waste by 2025. To date, they’re redirected more than:

  • 1.3 million pounds of aluminum
  • 11.6 million pounds of mixed paper
  • 18.9 million pounds of plastic hangers
  • 120 million pounds of plastic

from our landfills. They also recycled more than 4.6 billion pounds of cardboard! That’s highly laudable, to say the least.

It seems that Walmart has decided to go the extra distance through innovation and creative solutions to achieve their sustainability goals. We’ll keep an eye on their progress and keep you informed.

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