Sustainability 101

Did You Know… Big Retailers Focus on Waste?

Waste management is a top concern for big retailers, according to the second annual Retail Sustainability Report, released early March by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

Nearly all retail companies surveyed have recycling and waste management initiatives in place. The report states what Great Forest clients already know: that recycling at stores not only reduces costs but also engages employees. A win-win for any business, not just retail stores.

According to the report, retailers commonly track facility energy consumption, transportation fuel use and waste volumes. Nearly two-thirds of companies surveyed have staff dedicated to improving sustainability performance.

Participating companies included 35 RILA member retailers, representing more than 65,000 locations and $1 trillion in global revenue, as well as interviews with 10 member companies.

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