Minimising and managing waste
The largest source of Target's store waste is its packaging. A commercial business decision was made to end the delivery method of apparel lines on hanging racks, reducing freight costs and emission but potentially increasing packaging waste numbers. These lines are now delivered in large cardboard cartons into its distribution centres. For this reason, a project team was formed to focus on reducing cardboard cartons exiting its apparel factories without compromising product presentation and quality; and to explore ways to maximise product packing capacity.
Target also continues to seek ways to remove excessive packaging from our suppliers. A hard lines packaging manager was recently appointed in Target's Hong Kong office to look at opportunities to reduce packaging and our sourcing and buying teams are assessing and actioning apparel and footwear lines. Recent reviews have resulted in the removal of approximately 120 million A3 size sheets of tissue paper from footwear packaging, and the elimination of over 240,000 stickers from quilt cover sets.
Site waste and recycling
This year the Target waste procurement process focused on seeking proposals from waste collection and recycling providers on solutions to reduce its waste stream and increase recycling. Opportunities for improvements were identified in areas such as comingled and polystyrene recycling, and the continual monitoring and optimisation of waste collections.
Target funded the collection and recycling of 156,906 kilograms of unwanted televisions and computer waste this year, under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme Product Stewardship Agreement.