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Kodak and Wal-mart have collaborated to launch a national program to recycle used materials from in-store picture kiosks in the US. The program will run in 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 equal to the weight of approximately six, 250-passenger commercial airliners.
"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."
"Our partnership with Kodak to recycle materials from the photo kiosks in our stores is another step towards achieving our zero waste goal," said Lori Kumar, divisional merchandise manager for Wal-Mart. "This initiative complements a number of other recycling programs in our photo department, including the recycling of silver, one-time use camera bodies and film canisters."