reduces amount of landfilled waste in California
Walmart reported that it has eliminated more
than 80 percent of the waste that would go to landfills from
its operations in California. The company’s comprehensive waste
reduction program that produced these results is now being implemented
across Walmart’s 4,400 stores, Sam’s Club locations and distribution
centers in the United States, moving it closer to its global
goal of creating zero waste.
Achieving a similar 80 percent reduction in its landfill waste
across the country would help Walmart prevent more than 11.8
million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. This
is equal to taking more than 2 million cars off the road for
Beginning in 2009, Walmart created a nationwide infrastructure
of landfill alternatives that could open new opportunities for
municipalities and other businesses to reduce the amount of solid
waste they send to landfills. The Walmart zero waste program
has three main components:
•Recycling cardboard, paper, aluminum, plastic bags and roughly
30 other items through the super sandwich bale (SSB) program.
Items not eligible for the SSB, including wood pallets, polystyrene
plastic and apparel, are sent to Walmart’s return centers for
reuse or recycling.
•Donating healthy, nutritious food to food banks around the country.
In 2010, Walmart donated 256 million pounds of food to hunger
relief organizations – the equivalent of 197 million meals.
•Creating animal feed, energy or compost from expired food and
other organic products following the EPA’s food waste hierarchy.
Walmart began implementing and consistently tracking its new
and existing waste reduction efforts in California in 2009. A
third-party review has shown Walmart uses an appropriate process
to establish its waste reduction data. The nationwide program,
based on the California model, will include an ongoing review
to monitor the program’s success.