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Waste Management

TJX is working to divert 85% of our operational waste from landfill by 2027
TJX is working to divert 85% of our operational waste from landfill by 2027TJX is working to divert 85% of our operational waste from landfill by 2027

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. We focus on eliminating operational waste, where feasible, and maximizing the reuse and recycling of materials in our stores, distribution centers, and corporate offices. These efforts support our global goal of working to divert 85% of operational waste from landfill by 2027.

Our global approach to managing operational waste includes efforts to:

FY22 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 88%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in Europe was 97%
Pie chart showing the waste diversion rate for The TJX Companies, Inc. in Australia was 61%
  • FY22 Waste Metrics

    Progress on global goal:

    Highlights across our geographies:

  • Maximizing Reuse and Recycling

    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.

  • 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

  • Merchandise Donation and Packaging Recycling Programs

    We recognize there are environmental concerns created by textile waste, and we continue to explore 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. Additionally, in an effort to streamline our store charity donations we have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to collect and manage our store donations across Canada.

    In the U.K. and Ireland, our long-running Give Up Clothes For Good campaign invites customers and Associates to donate their pre-loved quality fashion and homeware at their local T.K. Maxx, which could be sold by Cancer Research U.K. to raise funds for research into children’s and young people’s cancers. As of Fiscal 2022, T.K. Maxx Associates and customers have donated nearly 1.9 million bags of goods. This amounts to 9,300 metric tons of pre-loved items diverted from landfill. The initiative not only benefits the environment because it may keep pre-loved items from going to landfill, 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 work to monitor our water usage and identify opportunities to improve water efficiency where possible across our operations. For instance, our Energy Management groups in the U.S. and U.K. monitor water usage across our home office buildings to identify opportunities to conserve water including 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:

As part of our efforts, TJX Europe has supported a number of projects committed to reducing plastic and waste including:

Updated September 2022