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    Wal-Mart to Recycle Millions of Tires for Garden Mulch

    The retailer's latest green initiative is intended to provide another affordable eco-friendly product to environmentally conscious consumers.

    Just in time for spring, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is launching a program to create rubber garden mulch from recycled tires, another step in the company's ongoing commitment to reach its zero waste goal and provide access to affordable eco-friendly products.

    The Majestic rubber mulch mini nuggets resulting from the recycling hit Wal-Mart store and Sam's Club shelves this week.

    The retailer said it will recycle more than 2.5 million tires in 2008, to manufacture the eco-friendly garden mulch, which it touts as "ideal for landscaping and covering play grounds, pools, and pond areas." The rubber mulch is available in red or black, is non-toxic and latex-free, inhibits weed growth, and does not compact or blow away, making it a great alternative to traditional mulch for environmentally conscious gardeners, according to Wal-Mart.

    "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, s.v.p. and general merchandise manager for Wal-Mart, in a statement.

    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.

    Other environmentally friendly outdoor products available at Wal-Mart include Forest Stewardship Council-certified outdoor furniture and solar-powered outdoor lighting.

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