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

Approximately 74 per cent of Coles Group’s total waste is diverted from landfill including our main sources of waste - cardboard, plastic and food (from supermarkets). We are focussed on innovating and increasing our diversion and recycling programs across our business to improve this number.

We have pledged to divert 90 per cent of all supermarket waste from landfill by 2022.

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Sustainable packaging

While packaging plays a key role in maintaining food safety, supporting product longevity and reducing food waste, Coles is also committed to reducing our impact on the environment.

In June 2018, Coles supermarkets committed to a number of packaging initiatives including:

  • All Coles Own Brand packaging will be recyclable by the end of 2020;
  • More recycled content will be included in Coles Own Brand packaging;
  • Excess packaging will be reduced across stores and the supply chain;
  • Soft plastic recycling options will be available in all Coles supermarkets; and
  • New labelling promoting recycling will be introduced.

These commitments reflect the Coles Sustainable Packaging Policy and will be implemented through a packaging steering committee and specific working groups across the business.

Coles is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant which sets sustainable packaging guidelines for government and industry. We are also an active member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO). Our performance against the APCO Packaging Sustainability Framework can be found here.

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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. Across FY18 and FY19, we invested $42 million 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 68 supermarkets with plans for more installations on existing supermarkets and solar now on the design blueprint for new stores.

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