Reducing our waste contributions requires steady innovation and a commitment by teams across our company. Our progress is also linked to our product stewardship efforts and involvement with the Outdoor Industry Association’s packaging guidelines that are part of the HiGG Index.
Construction waste from new store openings, remodels and store relocations was 168 tons lower in 2012 than 2011. With five new store openings, our retail business grew and our operational waste increased by 116 tons in 2012 compared to 2011. Our total waste in 2012 decreased 53 tons from 2011, which is a 1.4 percent reduction.
Our distribution centers continue to divert the majority of their operational waste from the landfill. The Bedford, Penn., facility reduced its waste to 25 tons in 2012, down from 27 tons in 2011 and 32 tons in 2010. Waste at our Sumner, Wash. distribution center increased to 54 tons in 2012 from 36 tons in 2011 due to business growth and the timing of some waste hauling, but is still below the 2010 level of 69 tons.