Inside view of Distribution Center with close up of recycling bins

Reducing the waste we create, on a comparable basis*, and contributing to the drive for increasingly circular economies through increased re-use and recycling

Feeding America food distribution in IllinoisIn its first full fiscal year as a combined company, Walgreens Boots Alliance shared best practices across the enterprise on waste reduction. We appointed a Director of Waste Reduction who is working across the entire Company on collaborative, strategic and innovative ways of reducing waste.

We are active participants in the American Chamber of Commerce’s Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for a New Economy project, the Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Solid Waste Working Group & Food Waste Working Group, and the Retail Industry Leader’s Association’s (RILA) Environmental Compliance, Sustainable Consumption and Sustainability groups.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is working to identify realistic waste reduction targets and is in the process of establishing new possibilities in different countries, while taking into account available infrastructure. Our new global data collection process will give us valuable information for measuring performance and progress in this area in future years.

With Company-wide data collected in fiscal 2016 for the first time, the Retail Pharmacy USA Division will have established a baseline for diversion rates for municipal solid waste. This will better position Walgreens to continue developing a comprehensive zero waste to landfill approach that will include distribution centers, retail stores and support center offices.

The Walgreens distribution center in Moreno Valley, California, USA, launched a zero waste to landfill pilot program in fiscal 2016. The pilot aimed to contribute directly to our CSR environmental sustainability initiatives. Once fully developed into an effective multi-stream recycling and waste reduction program, Walgreens aims to replicate the program throughout its network of 17 distribution centers in the USA and one in Puerto Rico. 

Walgreens also began a request for proposals to identify waste removal service partners to collaborate on innovative sustainability solutions, increase diversion rates for waste removal and improve recycling rates.
*Excludes the impact of acquisitions, disposals and any significant changes in existing operations

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