Instead, it is to "minimize Target's impact on the environment and reduce emissions," she said.
"In some cases, Target benefits from selling (recyclable) materials to vendors, but in other cases, recycling these materials will be an expense for Target," Stevens said in a written release.
The company hauls the recyclables back to its distribution centers using trucks that have made deliveries to the store, Stevens said. This helps reduce emissions and cut down on the cost of transportation of the materials, she said.
Petry has not noticed an increase in the number of people taking recyclables to the store since the Slack Street center closed. Neither she nor Stevens was able to say how much recycled materials are transported from the Trace Fork store.
Most people who drop off recyclables at the store bring plastic bags and aluminum cans, Petry said.
"It's really nice to be able to give back to the community and help the environment," she said.
In 2010, Target recycled about 170 million plastic shopping bags and about 1.4 million pounds of bottles and aluminum cans, according to the release.
The 170 million shopping bags would add up to about 4 million pounds of plastic, according to the release.
Target unveiled the recycling kiosks inside its stores in 2010. Along with glass and plastic bags, the store also accepts plastic bottles, MP3 players, ink cartridges and cellphones at the kiosks.
"The program has kept thousands of tons of recycled materials from landfills," the release states.