Environmental Policy

Coles is committed to doing business in an environmentally responsible manner as detailed in our Environment PolicyOpens in new window.

Waste and recycling

In FY20, we diverted 79% of the Group’s waste from landfill, compared with 74% diversion in FY19. This improvement primarily resulted from our focus on managing food waste.

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Sustainable packaging

We understand our customers want us to reduce packaging and to make it easier for them to recycle. We also know that packaging, including plastic packaging, plays a key role in protecting products during transport, extending product life, keeping food safe and reducing food waste.

Coles is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant and an active member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), tasked with delivering the federal government’s 2025 National Packaging Targets. Our performance against the APCO Packaging Sustainability Framework can be found hereOpens in new window.

When developing packaging for Own Brand products, including non-food, grocery, chilled and fresh produce, we are aligned with APCO’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

We are continuing work to have all Own Brand product packaging recyclable either through kerbside collection or in-store through the REDcycle soft plastics program operating in all Coles supermarkets.

Knowing what packaging is recyclable and how to recycle can be confusing. We are striving to roll out the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) for Own Brand products sold in Coles supermarkets. The ARL provides customers with information on how and where to recycle different packaging components.

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Energy and greenhouse emissions

Across Coles Group, we recognise that investing in energy efficiency initiatives helps to minimise our environmental impact while also reducing costs. Our energy efficiency strategy is aimed at reducing energy use in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Most of the energy used in supermarkets is for refrigeration, lighting, cooling and heating. We continue to invest in energy efficiency projects including replacing lights with LED, installing solar photovoltaic systems and improving refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

We have installed solar panels on 69 supermarkets with plans for more installations on existing supermarkets and solar now on the design blueprint for new stores.

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