We encourage all divisions of the Company to use less and recycle more, which minimizes
waste and reduces costs.
Recycling Cardboard Boxes
Merchandise in our stores is typically shipped in cardboard boxes from our distribution
centers. Distribution centers have a longstanding packing system that minimizes
the number of boxes and trucks required to deliver merchandise, as well as a system
to recycle millions of boxes each year.
Most of our stores receive over 100 boxes per delivery. Though recycling isn’t new
at our stores, we are currently expanding a program that collects boxes and takes
them to a nearby recycling facility. Once the program is fully implemented in 2013,
an estimated 20 million cardboard boxes will be recycled each year, eliminating
more than 70 tons of cardboard per store from the waste stream.
In our corporate offices, office supplies are delivered in 40 percent post-consumer
recycled bags packed in reusable plastic totes. For every 10,000 boxes replaced,
approximately 2,000 pounds of solid waste and 13,000 gallons of wastewater are eliminated.
Limiting Our Use of Paper
Unlike many retailers, Ross does not issue catalogues, which minimizes our paper
use. To further reduce our footprint, we buy 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper.
Additionally, we offer associates electronic pay stubs, which has the potential
to save 5,000 trees if all employees participate.
Smaller Initiatives that Add Up
In addition to these larger initiatives, we believe even small changes in how we
operate our stores, distribution centers and offices can have a positive impact
on the planet.
For example, all of our stores use double capacity remanufactured printer toner,
which results in less plastic, steel, aluminum and rubber waste compared to traditional
We have also started to implement policies to minimize waste in Ross’ offices, including
limiting the use of bottled water and paper cups in favor of filtered tap water
and reusable bottles.