As I mentioned in a previous post, NC DPPEA is working with a few regional Wal-Mart managers in the state to promote recycling. A goal was set for each store in the Triad area and south to hold a recycling event between now and September. A lofty goal that I think we can achieve with the help of local solid waste and recycling professionals throughout NC.
In the meeting we had with Wal-Mart, their presentation discussed their Personal Sustainability Projects which were created in 2007 to engage associates on how to make a difference by practicing sustainability. PSP’s have so far accomplished: 3,200,000 lbs. of plastics were recycled, 19,900 associates quick smoking and 1,100,000 miles were walked, biked or swam. They understand that 200 million people shop at Wal-Mart every week and they have the ability to affect change.
NC DPPEA is excited to be working with these associates to hopefully be part of that change. Check out this Wal-Mart/New Hanover County/Keep Onslow Beautiful electronics recycling event that is planned for this month.
In the meeting they also mentioned the Wal-Mart Volunteerism Always Pays program and their Foundation provides funding to 501(c)3 organizations for recycling initiatives.