Kodak/Wal-Mart Partner on Green Kiosk Initiative
Even though St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, this particular Green Kiosk initiative has nothing to do with the March 17th holiday and everything to do with greater environmental awareness. Eastman Kodak Company and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. recently announced the launch of a national program to recycle used materials from in-store picture kiosks. The program is underway at about 4,100 Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. that operate Kodak Picture Kiosks, and is expected to annually recycle 2 million pounds of thermal printer ribbon, spools and cartridges. That amount is equivalent to the weight of approximately six, 250-passenger commercial airliners.
This initiative builds on ongoing sustainability efforts of both companies, as outlined in Wal-Mart’s company-wide zero waste goal and Kodak’s Responsible Growth principles.
“We are thrilled to be working with our longtime partner, Wal-Mart, on this important sustainability initiative,” said Nicki Zongrone, General Manager Retail Systems Solutions and Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak has a long record of responsible behavior related to environmental issues, and this initiative is a world’s first in the photo kiosk business. Together, Wal-Mart and Kodak are helping to make the planet a better place for our children.”