We have many programs across our global business that support our efforts to reuse and recycle our operational waste in our stores, distribution centers, and home offices. For example, recycling programs for common
items like cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum, and glass have been introduced across all geographies. We are working to improve our programs and find new ways to recycle other items, like polystyrene. One of our
efforts involves our Asset Recovery Recycling Centers (ARRCs).
In the U.S., our 26 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.
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, we have leveraged the ARRC to pilot strategies to improve our management and recycling of polystyrene packaging material. Thanks to efforts
like this and many others, we estimate the ARRCs have helped divert more than 378,000 metric tons of waste from landfills since Fiscal 2017.
In Europe, the ARRC operates as a reuse center for equipment that is not currently required in certain stores and fulfills other stores equipment needs. The ARRC also operates as a distribution and storage function
for non-stock items, such as merchandise protection.