At Advance Auto Parts, we have a long-standing commitment to protecting our environment through responsible business practices. We are focused on waste reduction and environmental responsibility across all of our facilities because we are more than just a business in the towns and cities where we live and serve—we are neighbors.
Recycling that Works
With more than 5,000 locations serving as collection sites, responsible recycling of used motor oil and lead acid batteries is a priority at Advance, and our programs for both are notably efficient. More than 90% of used oil is re-refined and then sold as engine and lubricant oils for industrial applications. In 2017, we recycled more that 5.8 million gallons of oil. That’s enough oil for more than 2 million families to take cross-country road trips.
Lead acid batteries have an equally impressive recycling story. In fact, 99% of the materials in a typical automotive battery can be repurposed. That makes it the most recycled consumer product in the world. In 2017 alone, Advance recycled approximately 130,000 tons of lead acid batteries. That’s enough battery charge to power more than six million medium-sized vehicles.
According to the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, global E-waste will increase to almost 50 million tons in 2018.
We take this growing global problem seriously, which is why Advance Auto Parts partners with electronic waste recycling and reuse providers across all of our banners, including Advance, Worldpac, Autopart International, and Carquest, in the communities in which we operate. We have a national contract with a leading IT asset reuse and recover company that securely destroys data and recovers the value of the hardware through refurbishment and remarketing. The significant majority of our electronic waste is routed for reuse and recycling options. Our primary provider is R:2 2013 certified, ISO 14001:2015 certified, and OSHAS 18001:2007 certified.
We also have programs to recycle packaging items such as cardboard and stretch wrap. As a result, nearly 15,000 tons of cardboard and 500 tons of wrap are turned into new products every year. We also recycled more than 40,000 gallons of used antifreeze/coolant in 2017 and will be expanding this program to additional stores.
Doing More with Less Energy
Through the implementation of a number initiatives that began five years ago, Advance Auto Parts has made great strides to improve energy efficiency. The implementation of LED lighting, centralized energy management, and high-efficiency HVAC systems have resulted in a 30% reduction in annual store energy usage.
One of our more visible efforts included the conversion of our store delivery fleet from V6 pickup trucks to more economical four-cylinder automobiles, helping to reduce both emissions and fuel costs.
We’re even producing our own electricity. Through a partnership with SolarCity, a solar array on the roof of our Enfield, Connecticut distribution center produces 1.4 gigawatts of power annually—that’s enough to power nearly 120 average U.S. homes. More importantly, it represents a nearly 23 million pound carbon offset over 15 years, which is the equivalent of planting nearly one million trees!