The current Wal-Mart store in Mahoning Township has trash pick-up twice a month.

The new Wal-Mart Supercenter, being built about a half-mile west of the existing store, will have trash pick-up only once a month even though it will be twice as large and have about 50 percent more employees. That's because the store expects to generate less landfill waste.

Facts about the ecological friendly Wal-Mart were presented by Girvin Janicki, manager of the Mahoning store, during a meeting of the Lehighton Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Janicki spoke to the chamber at a meeting held in the Beacon 443 Restaurant in Lehighton.

"The new store will be committed to reducing energy use," Janicki stressed.

A resident of Skippack and the Mahoning manager for 2 1/2 years, Janicki said the new store will have a grocery department. In conjunction with that, it will have an "organic container," in which any spoiled foods other than meat will be placed.

The organic container is part of a nationwide recycling project of Wal-Mart. Janicki said these items will be transported from the site and made into compost.

Expired meat products will be shipped from the store and converted to animal feed and by-products, as well as other recyclable usages.

All apparel hangers will get recycled.

Both cardboard and plastic wrapping will be baled for recycling.

"We recycle all our expired gift cards," remarked Janicki. "Office paper, paperback books. They all get recycled."

In the automotive department, motor oil, oil filters, tires, and even wheel weights are recycled.

The construction of the store is such that it will mean less energy consumption. Most Wal-Marts have 29-foot ceilings. The new Mahoning Supercenter will have 19-foot high ceilings to help reduce heating fuel.

There will be 110 sky lights, which will illuminate the store so much that during most days ceiling lights won't be turned on.

Although the new Wal-Mart can't be seen from Route 443, Janicki said work is progressing on the building. He said the walls are up, the roof is on, and the concrete for the floors was being poured this week.