Walmart piloting recycling consolidation center

Walmart piloting recycling consolidation center

By Jerry Powell, Resource Recycling

America's largest retailer is piloting a recycling processing center and will possibly open more than 30 in North America if the center is a success.

If the pilot meets goals, the new plants will process and store recyclables and organic materials generated by company stores and distribution centers. Recoverable materials will be delivered by back-haul trucks.

"This is a big thing for us right now," says Bobby Fanning, a director on the firm's sustainability team.  "This will give us the ability to broker our own recovered products."

According to the retail giant, expanding the program will wait until completion of the pilot.

"Walmart is currently piloting one recycling consolidation center program in Bentonville, Arkansas and we currently have no plans to take it to scale.  Once the pilot is completed, a decision to take the program to scale will be made at that time," said Walmart Vice President of Facilities Management, Harry Eng.

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