We believe it’s important to do our part to reduce the amount of material that goes into our waste stream. Staying true
to our “smart for the business, good for the environment” approach, we are particularly proud of a home-grown Asset
Recovery and Recycling Center (ARRC) initiative, which allows us to reuse and recycle materials used in our day-to-day
store operations more efficiently.
Launched in 2012 in Massachusetts, the ARRC initiative was initially designed to make it possible to reuse fixtures and
other materials that were taking up space in stores’ backrooms or needlessly thrown away. We’ve expanded in recent
years across the U.S., and the ARRCs now serve as a central destination for many stores to send used corrugated
cardboard, plastic, excess hangers, store fixtures, display cases, unused boxes, and other supplies. Associates at the
ARRCs prepare the items for reuse at another store or send them out for recycling, saving us money and reducing waste,
with the added benefit of freeing up more space in our stores’ backrooms to process merchandise.
We use the ARRCs to test new programs that may increase the types of materials that can be included in our recycling
stream or otherwise reused. In a recent pilot project to test technology that enables better recycling of Styrofoam, we
used machinery that compresses and melts Styrofoam into blocks, which are then sold to recycling centers. In 2017, we
were able to divert 21 tons of Styrofoam from landfills.
Thanks to this initiative and many others, in 2017 alone, the ARRCs helped divert more than 56,000 metric tons of waste