Managing waste is a significant issue and reducing operational and packaging waste will be a significant focus for the business in the next financial year.
As the industry continued to be impacted by the effects of the China National Sword Policy, which aims to improve the quality of recyclable material entering China, Bunnings focused more on reducing the contamination rates in recycling streams. For Bunnings, this meant that only soft, clear plastic could be accepted for recycling at a store level and that black plastic, coloured plastic and plastic containing labels and/or tape could not be accepted.
Bunnings is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) and has developed an action plan for the next 12 months in line with the APCO targets. Assisting customers with product recycling and take-back options is also a priority.
During the year, Bunnings worked with stakeholders to provide recycling programs for products including batteries, paint, small electrical items and power tools. Collectively, these initiatives resulted in customers bringing back 5,800 kilograms of batteries for recycling through 13 metropolitan Melbourne stores, and customers dropping off 200,000 kilograms of waste paint through 27 Paintback events held at Bunnings stores during the year. Over 770,000 kilograms of e-waste was brought back by customers in South Australia through Minda’s Unplug N’ Drop program. Bunnings support of this program also helped to create more than 50 jobs for Minda employees with a disability.