Recycling and waste
This year, we increased our waste to landfill by six per cent to 160 thousand tonnes and increased our waste recycled by six per cent to 373,000 tonnes. This was primarily due to an increase in our store network to include 255 Homebase and Bunnings stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Our main sources of waste are cardboard, food and plastic at Coles. Coles is focused on innovating and improving its recycling programs across these areas. The total amount of waste recycled by Coles increased three per cent this year, while waste to landfill increased 11 per cent. Of total waste (both landfill and recycled), two-thirds is recycled.
In July 2017, Coles announced it would phase out single use plastic bags from all stores nationwide over the next year. The move will bring Coles stores in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia in line with Tasmania, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, where Coles already complies with bans on single-use bags.
More than 670 Coles supermarkets across Australia also donate surplus fresh food to SecondBite, an organisation redistributing food to community food programs, with a total of 23 million kilograms donated since the partnership began in 2011.
During the year Kmart, Target and Officeworks supported the recycling of more than 230 tonnes of e-waste under its obligations to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.