Bunnings’ product stewardship initiatives
Bunnings is committed to actively supporting product stewardship initiatives which help local communities dispose of household product waste responsibly.
In June 2016, Bunnings Warehouse Alexandria in New South Wales ran an e-waste recycling event in conjunction with the City of Sydney. The event, which was run over the weekend of World Environment Day for the second consecutive year, invited customers to bring in electronic waste for recycling. More than 17 tonnes of e-waste was collected over the weekend, and more than 29 tonnes in total collected at the event over the two years.
This initiative follows recycling programs in two other states. In Brisbane, nine Bunnings stores took part in a power tool battery recycling trial, which was run in conjunction with the Queensland Government. From September 2015 to July 2016 a total of more than 600 kilograms of rechargeable power tool batteries were collected at Bunnings and diverted from landfill through the pilot program.
In Melbourne, ten Bunnings stores also continued to participate in Batteryback, a Victorian Government initiative through which customers are able to drop off domestic alkaline and rechargeable batteries in store for recycling. During the year, more than 3,300 kilograms of batteries were brought back by customers for recycling, taking the total collection from Bunnings Batteryback bins since 2009 to more than 11,700 kilograms.
Bunnings continues to actively seek further product stewardship opportunities.