Target Stores in Casper and Cheyenne are being recognized by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Environmental Stewardship Program for innovative voluntary efforts to reduce the amount of hazardous waste that enters local landfills and is misidentified for destruction by company personnel. The two stores are being recognized after recent inspections were completed by the DEQ Solid and Hazardous Waste Division.
These inspections identified best management practices that allowed all individuals within the store to scan any bar-code and determine whether the product scanned was classified as a hazardous material. These efforts reduce the amount of misidentified contaminants from entering local landfills and also from being placed with other potentially hazardous chemicals. Other notable pollution prevention efforts include the reuse and salvage of products that would otherwise be discarded to local landfills and the removal of in-store photo developing machines that created waste from photo developing chemicals. [Teplitzky]