Waste Goals

Progress Update

U.S.: Reduce solid waste from U.S. stores and clubs by 25 percent by October 2008 (2005 Baseline).

Not measurable

When our waste-reduction goals were set in 2005, we quickly realized that our previous waste-management tracking system was insufficient to accurately measure and manage our waste stream. Since setting the goal, we have worked side-by-side with our waste vendors to develop a more sophisticated waste-hauling system that allows us to measure and manage our waste stream. We do not, however, know the actual percentage of the amount of waste we redirected or reduced in 2005, 2006 or 2007. In FY10, we tracked a waste-redirection rate of 64 percent.

U.S.: Eliminate landfill waste from U.S. stores and
Sam's Club locations by 2025.

81 percent waste redirected in California

Our first effort to create a trash generation vs. recycle rate was in February 2009. At that time, we tracked approximately 30 waste streams for an estimated redirection rate of 64 percent. Today, we track nearly 138 waste streams. Through a new tracking program piloted in California in 2010, we will soon be able to track and report waste-reduction numbers on a state-by-state basis.

According to this new tracking program, piloted from January through October 2010, reports indicate we are averaging a redirection rate of 81 percent across the state of California. We have since rolled this program out to each state and anticipate having a U.S.-wide redirection rate with similar results.

Global: Reduce our global plastic shopping bag
waste by an average of 33 percent per store by 2013 (January 1, 2007–December 31, 2007 Baseline).

21% reduction

In 2010, we reduced the plastic bag waste across our global operations by 47.95 million pounds, or approximately 3.5 billion bags. This represents a 21 percent reduction from our 2007 baseline.

When we reported progress on this goal last year, we did not have all store location data and reported an absolute reduction number of 16.1 percent. Progress was reported based upon the most accurate information available at that time. For 2010, we had all store location data available. This goal is measured based on the average net weight of plastic bag waste per store location.

Mexico: Walmart de México to reduce water use by 20 percent by 2013 (2008 Baseline).

Reduced water use by 17%

Walmart de México has reduced water use by 17 percent (calculated by dividing cubic meters of water used by square meters of building constructed).

Global: Walmart will reduce food waste in emerging
market stores and clubs by 15 percent and in our
other markets by 10 percent by the end of 2015
(January 1, 2009–December 31, 2009 Baseline).

In progress

Announced on October 14, 2010, the global metric for this goal is the average of each market's percent reduction weighted by the 2015 savings in each market. Savings is the difference between the sales value of forecasted throwaways and actual throwaways in calendar year 2015; Market metric: Percentage difference in January 1–December 31, 2009 annual throw-away (TA) rate and the January 1–December 31, 2015 rate.