A gift card recycle win!


I received a call today from my local SaveMart store manager. The e-mail letter I sent to the corporate headquarters was forwarded to him. Perhaps after seeing in print his lame answer to why disposable gift cards are replacing reloadable ones he had a change of heart. Or maybe he was afraid I would start a bigblog protest. Whatever the cause of his change in attitude is irrevlent. I won a small victory for plastic recycling.

The reason for the phone call I received today was to let me know my local SaveMart will be participating in EarthWorks Systems recycle program. The corporation may or may not make it an overall store policy; they are still “discussing the issue”. I will continue to write them to let them know the blogging community is taking notice of this issue.

I feel good that on this one small issue I made a difference. I feel good that I learned by experience that yes, one person can make a difference.
I want to thank everyone who encouraged me and continue to encourage me. This issue is one that has an easy solution. It is possible to recycle plastic on a large scale. It just takes we the consumer to voice our demands to the big companies.
We can stop buying gift cards, we can save our old ones up and send them in ourselves. There are many things we can do to help reduce the amount of plastic in our landfill, we just have to do something!

Author: sarij

I'm a writer, lifelong bibliophile ,and researcher. I hold a Bachelors in Humanities & History and a Master's in Humanities. When I'm not reading or talking about Shakespeare or history, you can usually find me in the garden discussing science or politics with my cat.

1 thought on “A gift card recycle win!”

  1. Hooray! I found this posting because I am sitting here with 4 used up iTunes cards. I hate to throw them away as they will not biodegrade. My son and his friends frequently give them to each other as gifts as I'm sure many teens do, so you can imagine how many are sitting in a landfill. I want to get on Apple to make biodegradable cards!

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