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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 07/26/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION238.8MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
33,152 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 185.1 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
25,693 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $25,554 DOLLARS SAVED
$3,547,312 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 401,224 MILES NOT DRIVEN
55,696,121 YTD

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11/19/2013

The Technology and Logistics of Recycling at Macy’s

POSTED UNDER By Our Associates

We’re shining the sustainability spotlight on Macy’s Systems & Technologies (MST) and Macy’s Logistics and Operation (MLO) teams. Both are doing some innovative things to reduce the waste stream and recycle – and some of the materials getting recycled may surprise you.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Logistics? Cartons! We received over 75 million cartons in 2011, and old corrugated cardboard - known as OCC in the recycling industry - is the number one item recycled in our distribution centers.  

Logistics recycles much more than just cardboard, though. Other materials include plastic, cans, bottles, office paper, scrap metal, Styrofoam, hangers, pallets and even old mattresses we collect when delivering new bedding. Stores are already sending back plastics, hangers, pallets and Styrofoam in addition to the OCC to the DCs. Over 10,000 tons of these items were recycled in 2011, and the numbers continue to climb.

All of the Macy’s distribution centers across the country recycle, though the materials vary based on each location’s capabilities.  Stores with balers can contribute to this effort by sending their cardboard back on a return trailer. In 2010 alone we recycled over 55,000 tons of cardboard. This makes a significant impact on landfills and saved trees, and translates to over $6 million in savings for the company.

MST does its part and then some: In addition to recycling paper, cans and bottles, MST nationally recycles all Macy’s-owned IT equipment that has reached its “end of life.”

MST has agreements with multiple certified recycling vendors for asset recovery and destruction. These vendors take the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) very seriously. Selection criteria for vendors include their ability to recycle using the most current and environmentally-friendly process. The vendors follow strict EPA guidelines for electronic recycling and provide documentation certifying they will recycle the equipment and not take it to a landfill.

Macy’s recycles:

  • Desktops
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Servers
  • Point-of-Sale Registers
  • Monitors
  • Miscellaneous items such as patch cables, power cards, keyboards and mice

Information-sensitive hard drives are handled internally and are shredded to ensure customer and corporate information security. The residual scrap from the shredded hard drives is sold, which helps to offset the initial cost of the hard drive shredder purchased by MST for this purpose.

MLO & MST continue to explore opportunities to be more environmentally conscious by finding new and innovative ways to reduce Macy’s carbon footprint, keep material out of landfills, and reuse wherever possible.