Diverting Waste Setting an 80% waste diversion goal
We know that we will have to make significant improvements to meet our new waste goal to divert 80 percent of the waste from landfill for our U.S. facilities by the end of 2020. By comparison, we diverted only 29 percent of our waste from our U.S. stores in 2014. This is the first time we have set a goal on such a broad scale, and we are still exploring potential solutions. Our efforts focus on the boxes, hangers and plastic wrapping used to transport and protect our clothes as they move from distribution centers to stores. Reusing or recycling this packaging poses numerous challenges – for example, the nature of our lease arrangements with landlords and real estate developers often limits our influence over how waste is managed in our stores.
We set a new goal to divert 80 percent of the waste produced by our U.S. facilities by the end of 2020.
Our efforts focus on the boxes, hangers and plastic wrapping used to transport and protect our clothes as they move from distribution centers to stores.
To address these challenges, we partnered with a third-party waste specialist to assess the waste generated in our U.S. stores in 2014. We are also looking into a range of possible solutions, from partnering with our landlords and other retail tenants in malls to creating mail-in or reverse logistics solutions to consolidate recyclable material in a central location. We may also pursue solutions that reduce packaging weight or change the materials in packaging to decrease overall waste volume or allow for greater recycling.