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"TV Zombies" Invade Wallingford Walmart for Better E-cycling

October 31, 2011

WALLINGFORD, Conn. - It was a Halloween Eve surprise for shoppers in Wallingford, and the idea was to call attention to the need for more electronics recycling at Walmart.

Lou Burch, program director for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment in Hamden, was among those staging the "flash action" protest. He says Walmart stores in Connecticut and across the nation need to do a better job of taking back the waste generated by the large volume of electronic products they sell.

"Walmart is the largest retailer of electronics in the country, and yet they still refuse to accept electronics waste such as televisions, computers, laptops, iPads, so on and so forth."

It was not quite Halloween when the "flash action" happened on Saturday, but that didn't stop local protesters from getting into the spirit.

"There were a number of 'Mutant Television Zombies' that were in full 'Television Zombie' regalia; there were also a number of plain-clothes activists, 'flyering,' engaging people here in the store, and taking footage."

Burch says Walmart sold more than $50 million worth of electronic items last year, many of which contain toxic materials such as lead and mercury that require proper disposal.

Protestors also staged the "flash action" protests at Walmart locations in New York, New Jersey and four other states.

According to its website, Walmart has a recycling program for items from only one major manufacturer, Samsung.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT