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Myer optimises recycling across Australian stores

Thu 23 February 2017

 
Example of the new signage installed at Myer's paper and cardboard recycling points

One of Australia’s largest retailers, Myer, has rolled out a new optimised recycling system in all stores across the country.

With the support of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), Myer has implemented a new set of best practice guidelines that encompassed all facets of the retail process, from freight packaging minimisation to point-of-sale counter paper recycling.

The system was developed and piloted in Victorian stores before the roll out to all 65 Myer locations across Australia.

The project ties in with the APC’s new strategic direction, specifically using resources wisely and sending less packaging to landfill.

Stores have reported vastly improves recycling rates following the project’s implementation, from around 50% to over 80%.

Anne Marie Baldwin, Myer’s General Manager of HR and Sustainability, says the success of the program has inspired further change within the organisation.

“We are very pleased to have been able to make a step change improvement in our practices,” said Ms Baldwin.

“The level of enthusiasm with which our team members have responded to this initiative has been incredible, and we look forward to working together to further build on our achievements.”

Myer has produced a case study of their revised recycling infrastructure, made available here.

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