Shopping Centers Today International

DEC 2015

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"Larger retailers have been able to take what used to be a cost center and turn it into a profit center," Teichman said. Other retailers are also doing their part on both macro and micro levels. Albertsons stores in San Diego now compost dozens of tons of food scraps annually as part of that city's Miramar Greenery Food Waste Composting Program. Nordstrom stores there are also getting into the act, by compost- ing some 200 pounds of food scraps per week from their eateries. In 2014 Food Lion launched a zero-waste pro- gram in 50 stores, with expansion on- going in 200 additional ones. Sears, which has also declared zero waste a goal, engages its stores in competition for benchmarks against similar-sized retailers. Sears also verifies that waste materials are actually getting diverted away from landfills. Nike, in its own zero-waste zeal, uses software and a data- intelligence tool to track waste volume, collection and sorting functions and to determine what time of day dumpsters are full at its Oregon headquarters cam- pus. Nike has replaced the larger bins with compactors, consolidating the contents into dumpsters, necessitating fewer pickups. Mediacorp named Ikea among Canada's Greenest Employers for the seventh consecutive year. The retailer achieved an 84 percent waste- diversion score there in its latest fiscal year. Meanwhile, Kimco is working with tenants around the country to con- solidate multiple waste haulers at each shopping center. "We've seen five or more different waste haulers serving one property," said Teichman. Using a single vendor saves wear and tear on each property, creates economies of scale and promotes contractor account- ability, he says. Macerich achieved a top ranking in the U.S. retail sector for 2015 in the Netherlands-based Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark partly on the strength of its recycling programs. In addition to its reported 29 percent de- crease in energy use, the firm is recycling roughly 12,250 tons of waste annually. General Growth Properties says it has raised its waste-diversion rate from 24 percent in 2013 to 32.6 percent in 2014. The past five years have seen a shift from landlords' treating their tenant waste costs as a common-area amenity to making them the full responsibility of each tenant, Teichman says. "That cre- ates a positive economic incentive for ten- ants to produce less waste," he said, "and it also minimizes scenarios where large waste producers are subsidized by others." Teichman, Bond and Raish concur that retailers and shopping centers will continue to create new and expanded landfill-diversion programs in the com- ing years. "If you are a real waste inno- vator," said Raish, "it is a way to differ- entiate yourself." S C T 102 S C T / D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 5 The past five years have seen a shift from landlords treating their tenant waste costs as a common- area amenity to making them the full responsibility of each tenant.

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