Texas Campaign For The Environment Urges Walmart To Take More Action

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Walmart has announced that it is partnering with more than a dozen companies and NGOs to form the “Closed Loop Fund”, an initiative that aims to invest $100 million in recycling infrastructure projects and encourage private investment in recycling.

But is that really enough?

Texas Campaign for the Environment has been targeting the retailer since June 2011 in an effort to secure electronic waste recycling options in all communities across Texas.

“For nearly three years we have been pressing Walmart to stand up for recycling by taking back electronic waste in their stores,” said Robin Schneider, executive director at the Texas Campaign for the Environment.

“While we hope that the new Closed Loop Fund will help keep materials out of landfills and incinerators, we urge Walmart to do more. Just as they have used their position to get major consumer brands to support municipal recycling, they should now turn to electronics manufacturers to offer a real solution for e-waste. 

“Consumers should be able to bring back their used electronics to Walmart stores so recycling is as easy as buying a computer or TV. We support producer take-back recycling with manufacturers and retailers working together to provide sustainable solutions to communities across Texas and the United States.”

Previously the Texas Campaign for the Environment has successfully pressured electronics manufacturers Dell, HP, Apple and Samsung to begin accepting electronics for recycling. It has also secured legislation that requires computer and television manufacturers to take back their products for recycling in Texas.