Operational Recycling: In store and at our corporate facilities, our solid waste management policy covers the disposal of all consumables and durable goods with the goal of recycling as much material as possible. Kohl’s recycles the shipping material from shipment packaging. We also actively work with our merchant teams to increase the units per carton, helping to reduce the amount of handling, transportation and overall material in the supply chain.
Dry Recycling: Materials are collected and delivered to a facility to be sorted before being appropriately recycled or disposed of.
Plastic Recycling: In 2014, we developed partnerships to help us recycle plastic film, bags and wrap. As a result of these programs, we recycled more than 7 million pounds of plastic film, bags and wrap from shipping, store operations and customers in 2017 alone.
Plastic Bag Recycling: In addition to our company recycling efforts, we want to make it easier for our customers to recycle as well. Shoppers can find a bright, green box at Kohl’s stores where they can drop plastic bags, shipping envelopes, air pillows, and product wrap. Customers may also bring our hangers back to the store any time, for recycling and reuse. To further this cause, our shopping bags are even made with sustainability in mind, as they contain 30-50 percent recycled, unbleached plastic – resulting in the gray colored bag customers receive when they shop at our stores.
Paperless Credit Statement: Since 2014, the company has issued more than 150 million electronic credit card statements to Kohl’s charge card holders. To date, more than a quarter of our credit statements are delivered electronically.
Beauty Products: Kohl’s stores recycle fragrance testers, nail polish, soaps, and other beauty products. Products are collected and recycled into useful items like paints for models, outdoor furniture, floor cleaners, and deodorizing sprays.
Fabric Scrap Recycling: In 2017, we built on our existing garment recycling program by recycling fabric scraps in our New York, Menomonee Falls, Wis. and Findlay, Ohio locations that handle fabric. In New York, associates sort scraps in one of two bags, one for regular scraps and another for proprietary materials. At our headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wis. and in other corporate locations, associates place scraps into large purge boxes that are sorted at our distribution center in Findlay, Ohio.