During the year Bunnings maintained a strong focus on sending less waste to landfill by providing more resources and tools for team members and seeking innovative waste management solutions.
Store teams were provided with tools and training to drive better waste behaviours in all locations. This comprised of simplifying the waste program, providing training for the team responsible for waste separation, rolling out a waste forecaster to help stores forecast waste volumes, and providing stores with clear benchmarking of results. Outcomes from these initiatives included a reduction of general waste pickups as well as more cost-effective removal of cardboard and plastic bales.
Bunnings also continued to use material recovery facilities in metro Adelaide and commenced the use of similar facilities in metro Sydney from 1 July 2016. The facilities separate the waste and prepare recycled materials for distribution to end-user manufacturers.
The facility in Adelaide converts dry waste materials such as mixed cardboard, plastics, timbers and textiles into process engineered fuel for use in power stations and cement kilns and is the only one of its kind in Australia. In Sydney general waste is collected and separated into 11 different waste streams which is then distributed to end-user manufacturers.
As a result, over 95 per cent of waste was diverted from metro Adelaide, and approximately 85 per cent from metro Sydney locations. Bunnings will continue to explore further opportunities to utilise material recovery facilities in other locations.
These combined initiatives saw Bunnings decrease their waste to landfill intensity rate at 2.5 tonnes of landfill per $1 million of revenue, compared to 2.9 tonnes in the previous year.
Sending less waste to landfill will remain a priority for Bunnings in the coming financial year.