Reducing Operational Waste | Corporate Responsibility | Staples®

Reducing Operational Waste

Staples is not only committed to helping customers recycle and reduce their waste, we’re also dedicated to eliminating waste in our own operations. We have programs in place in our stores, distribution centers and offices to recycle cardboard, mixed paper, shrink wrap and pallets. And we responsibly manage the small quantities of hazardous and restricted wastes that we generate in our operations.

DRIVING CHANGE THROUGH OUR REDUCTION EFFORTS.

Piloting initiatives to send less waste to the landfill.

We continuously seek new ways to reduce waste and increase recycling in our facilities across the business. Initiatives include launching waste audits to identify key opportunities, improving communications around policies, optimizing processes, centralizing waste contracts to make it easier for facilities to adopt recycling programs and reallocating recycling equipment to boost participation. We are developing and piloting initiatives with our U.S. retail stores that will help increase diversion rates, including improved signage, processes and communications related to several different waste streams.

Additional data about total waste generated, including materials diverted for recycling, can be found in our Sustainability Performance Metrics.

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LANDFILL WASTE REDUCED BY 16%.

Goal: 25% reduction by 2020.

Thousand Short Tons sent to Landfill.

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operational waste

15.7% reduction

in waste sent to landfills

Goal:

Reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills by 25% by 2020.

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15.7% reduction

in waste sent to the landfill

Progress: OFF TRACK

In 2016, we sent 29,800 tons of waste to landfills in North America.

PERFORMANCE SNAPSHOT

Learn about our corporate responsibility focus areas and progress. Plus download a summary of our key performance metrics.