Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart stores announced it will be recycling used tires into rubber mulch, which it will make available in its Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores this week.
The retailer will recycle approximately 2.5 million tires in 2008 to manufacture the eco-friendly Majestic rubber mulch mini nuggets, which the company said is ideal for landscaping and covering play grounds, pools and pond areas.
"We know consumers want to make the most of their time at home this spring and summer, and we want to provide them with product offerings that help create a safe outdoor family environment at the best value," said Andy Barron, senior vp and general merchandise manager for Wal-Mart. "Our process of recycling millions of used tires into rubber mulch products is yet another way to help our customers live better while also helping the environment."
The company said the Majestic rubber mulch joins rubber garden edging and tree rings already available at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club -- all made from 100 percent recycled tire rubber. In addition, gardeners can find environmentally safer pesticides and plants in biodegradable pots.
Forest Stewardship Council-certified Home Trends outdoor furniture pieces as well as solar powered outdoor lighting will also be available at Wal-Mart and SamOs Clubs this spring.
Wal-mart said the new recycled products are another step in the company's ongoing commitments to reaching its zero-waste goal and providing access to affordable eco-friendly products.