Walgreens launches new recycling program for cell phones, printer cartridges
Deerfield, Ill. In line with Earth Day, Walgreen Co. will implement a recycling program for cell phones and printer cartridges at all store locations.
Walgreens said beginning Earth Day, April 22, customers can drop off old printer cartridges and cell phones at any Walgreens photo counter. As part of the program, a total of $500,000 will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Similarly, Walgreens.com has launched an “Earth Day Shop,” which will feature hundreds of eco-friendly beauty, personal care and household products.
The initiatives mark one of several implemented by Walgreens. Last October, the company opened the nation’s first drug store to be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Additionally, the drug store chain recycled nearly 71,000 tons of cardboard, the equivalent of saving more than 1.2 million trees. It also recycled enough plastic shrink wrap to save it from a landfill the area of a football field 17 ft. tall.
Retail Ventures moves to profit in Q4
Columbus, Ohio Retail Ventures reported Wednesday that it moved to a profit in its fourth quarter as sales improved at its DSW show stores
The company earned $4.9 million for the quarter that ended Jan. 30, compared with a loss of $8.8 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Revenue grew to $402.6 million from $348.2 million.
Same-store sales at DSW stores rose 12.9% during the fourth quarter.
For the full year, the company posted a loss of $26 million, compared with a profit of $50.8 million in the prior year.
Revenue grew to $1.6 billion from $1.5 billion.
Kohl’s to convert 10 Colo. stores to solar power
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores has announced plans to convert 10 of its 23 Colorado Kohl’s stores to solar power by the end of this year. Colorado will be the seventh state to have Kohl’s locations with solar panels. Kohl’s also has solar locations in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon and Wisconsin.
“We are very pleased to expand our solar program into Colorado and enhance our commitment to the use and support of clean, renewable energy sources,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s EVP store planning and logistics. “Solar is an integral component of our environmental efforts and contributes toward our goal of being carbon neutral by the end of this year. We will continue to explore new opportunities to utilize solar power at our facilities nationwide.”
Solar installations are currently complete or underway at four initial Kohl’s stores throughout Colorado – Southwest Denver, Thornton, Aurora East and Arapahoe Crossing. Six additional locations are in the planning phase and will begin construction in the coming months. Each store will have more than 530 solar panels that together generate 112 kW – approximately 15% of the store’s energy. Once solar panels at all 10 initial Colorado stores are active, they are expected to collectively generate approximately 1.6 million kWh annually.