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Waste Management

5%

Only 5% of our reported GHG emissions comes from waste

FY21 Diversion Rates

Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in the United States was 61%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in Canada was 89%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in Europe was 94%


Teams throughout our business work to implement cost-effective strategies and processes to manage the many different types of waste materials resulting from our operations. While many of these programs focus on diverting common waste, such as cardboard packaging, from landfills, our initiatives are evolving to focus on a variety of materials. Our approach includes:

FY21 Key Waste Metrics:1

5%

Only 5% of our reported GHG emissions comes from waste

FY21 Diversion Rates

Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in the United States was 61%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in Canada was 89%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in Europe was 94%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in the United States was 61%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in Canada was 89%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in Europe was 94%
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Tactics and initiatives that support our efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle throughout our operations include:

    In Our Stores:

    In Our Distribution and Service Centers:

    In Our Home Offices:

    In Our Asset Recovery and Recycling Centers (ARRCs)

    In the U.S., our 21 ARRCs are located within our service centers and have historically served as a central destination for regional recyclable or reusable store material. Select stores send used corrugated cardboard, plastic, excess hangers, store fixtures, display cases, unused boxes, and other supplies to their local ARRC, where the items are processed for reuse in other stores or recycled. In fiscal 2021, due to the impact of COVID-19, the ARRCs focused their efforts around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) delivery to stores and floor fixture storage to help create additional space in our stores.

    Over the years, the flexibility of the ARRC organization has enabled us to test new programs as we strive to increase the types of materials that can be included in our recycling stream. For example, as our global waste stakeholders have identified polystyrene (Styrofoam) as a key area of focus, in the past we have leveraged the ARRC to pilot strategies to improve our management and recycling of polystyrene packaging material. Thanks to this initiative and many others, we estimate the ARRCs have helped divert more than 285,000 metric tons of waste from landfills since fiscal 2017.

    In Europe, the ARRC operates as a recycling center for equipment that is not currently required in stores and fulfills store equipment needs. In fiscal 2021, to accommodate changes required due to the pandemic, the ARRC stored additional store fixtures and supported processing centers to accommodate their need for space and storage.

  • Decreasing Single-use Plastics

    We have regional efforts in place to identify opportunities to remove single-use plastics from our operations and are working with our suppliers to reduce single-use packaging.

    Single-use plastic merchandise carry out bags:

    Product Packaging

  • Exploring Merchandise and Product Recovery and
    Reuse Programs

    We recognize the significant environmental concerns created by textile waste, and we are exploring how we can contribute to scalable solutions that support a more circular economy. For example, in certain parts of Canada, U.K., and Ireland, we have programs in place that support the reuse of clothing, accessories, shoes, homeware, and more.

    In Canada, we partner with Brands for Canada at our distribution centers to provide second life for product by donating unsold clothing, personal care, and household items to people in need through trusted social service agencies and schools.

    In the U.K. and Ireland, T.K. Maxx Associates and customers recycle clothes, accessories, and homeware in-store through our “Give up Clothes for Good” initiative. This initiative allows people to donate their clothing and accessories year-round in our stores. Since the beginning of the partnership, T.K. Maxx Associates and customers have donated over 1.7 million bags of goods. This amounts to 8,800 metric tons of pre-loved items diverted from landfill or more than 198,000 metric tons of carbon emissions saved.2 The initiative not only benefits the environment, but has also raised millions of pounds for Cancer Research U.K. for Children and Young People and Enable Ireland. Learn more about our efforts in the Communities section of this website.

  • Reducing Water Consumption

    Although our business operations are not water intensive, we believe reducing water usage is consistent with both our commitment to environmental sustainability and our low-cost operating philosophy. To that end, we have continued our efforts to monitor our water usage and identify opportunities to improve water efficiency. For instance, our Energy Management groups in the U.S. and U.K. collect water usage data across our facilities to identify opportunities for improvement and we use time-sensor technologies to control faucets in many of our restrooms.

    Additionally, our TJX Vendor Code of Conduct strongly encourages our merchandise vendors to conserve and protect resources, such as water and energy, and also take into consideration environmental issues that may impact their local communities. Environmental concerns are incorporated into our merchandise vendor social compliance training materials as well, introducing high-level concepts of environmental sustainability, like water conservation. Our training includes specific cost-saving, water-conservation recommendations for our suppliers that they may consider implementing at their production facilities. We plan to continue including similar relevant water facts during future training sessions.


Plastics cleanup efforts:


TJX Europe has supported a number of organizations committed to removing plastic waste from the environment including:

1The magnitude of some of the reductions was partially driven by temporary store closures across all regions due to COVID-19. In particular, our energy use, business travel, and waste generated in operations were lower in FY21 than FY20.
2GHG emissions estimate assumes that reused clothing avoids an equivalent amount of new clothing produced from virgin raw materials.