Wisconsin Retailers Cut Costs by Going Green

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Wisconsin Retailers Cut Costs by Going Green

DURAND, Wis. -- It what amounts to both a green initiative and a cost savings, Wisconsin c-store owners are starting to provide recycling options though government supported initiatives.

"There's a lot of different businesses and convenience stores, other places, where recycling should be, and they aren't as focused on it as single, residential homes," Anna McCabe, a recycling assistant in seven counties, told local television station WEAU.

Jim Kallstrom, a manager of the The Countryside Co-op Cenex Store, told the news station, "I think the time has come for it. I'm very pleased with the way it's turned out. It's only been a week, but I'm very happy with it. The time has come, with fuel costs and everything. I know our garbage tipping fees are going to go up, and the less times I have to have that garbage truck stop here for the dumpsters, the more it's going to save us."

Retailers will have the option of obtaining recycling bins, explained McCabe. "Convenience store owners say by offering the option of recycling, it'll help cut down on the costs of garbage collection," he said.

John McHugh, a spokesperson for Kwik Trip, told the station the La Crosse-based c-store chain is currently testing similar programs at various locations. If deemed efficient, he said the company will offer recycling programs at more of its stores.