Waste Reduction and Recycling
Renewing Resources. Reducing Waste.
We're committed to working with our suppliers and vendors to find creative ways to further reduce the amount of paper, packaging materials and other natural resources used in our business operations. Since 2005, L Brands has been a partner in the U.S. EPA’s WasteWise program, which works with companies to increase waste management efforts to ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on climate change. Our recycling efforts have been centered on:
- Efficient packaging;
- Elimination of PVC containers;
- Store recycling efforts;
- Pallet recycling;
- Product re-use (donations/sample sales); and
- Other recycling.
All of the waste from our Columbus, Ohio, operations is sent to a materials recovery facility, which receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers. In addition, below is a list of some of the items L Brands recycled in 2018:
- 1,182 pounds of aerosol products
- 11,052 tons of corrugate
- 100 tons of industrial batteries from power equipment
- 157 tons of ethyl alcohol from personal care products
- 293 tons of metal
- 92 tons of plastic
- 463 tons of mixed paper
- 21 tons of electronics
- 183 tons of glass
Additionally in 2018, L Brands was able to avoid disposal of the following items by collaborating with outside partners that could reuse the materials:
- 100 tons of liquid soap
- 2,751 tons of wood from pallets
- 20 tons of electronics
In total, during 2018, L Brands prevented more than 15,300 tons of material from going to landfill through reuse and recycling.