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Sam's Club launches recycling pilot.

Sam's Club and EnviroSmart, an inkjet and laser toner cartridge recycler based in Franklin, Tenn., have partnered to offer toner cartridge and cell phone recycling.

As of October, Sam's Club customers can drop off their used inkjet and laser toner cartridges, as well as their old cell phones and batteries, at kiosks inside select Sam's Club stores. The kiosks also will offer postage-paid envelopes for customers who prefer to mail in their empty inkjet cartridges from home. Eleven Sam's Club locations in Alabama, Arkansas, California and Missouri are participating in the program. Similar programs are also in place at participating stores in Michigan and in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metropolitan areas.

EnviroSmart recycles the collected printer cartridges and sends the cell phones and batteries collected to Michigan-based ReCellular, a leading refurbisher and recycler of cell phones, PDAs and other handheld technology.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1.5 pints of crude oil is needed to make one inkjet cartridge. According to estimates, it takes 1,000 years for an inkjet cartridge to break down in a landfill.

More information about EnviroSmart and toner cartridge recycling is available online at www.envirosmart.com.
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Title Annotation:Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Sam's Club partnered with EnviroSmart
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Publication:Recycling Today
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Date:Dec 1, 2005
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