Officeworks has been named as one of the country’s sustainability leaders within the retail, hospitality, tourism and entertainment industry by the Australian Financial Review, recognised for its Bring it Back initiative.

The initiative is a free, easy, and secure way to recycle used or unwanted technology and stationery items, including computers, printer cartridges, mobile phones, batteries, printers and pens. Valuable materials are recovered to be used again so waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill is reduced.

“Our role in delivering value to our customers while operating a sustainable and responsible business that makes a positive difference to people and the planet is more important than ever,” Officeworks managing director, Sarah Hunter said.

“Our People & Planet Positive 2025 plan is our long-term approach to supporting our team, enhancing our connection to our local communities, reducing our environmental impact and sourcing products in sustainable and responsible ways.”

Since 2015, Officeworks has recycled more than 7,000 tonnes of waste, planted one million trees as part of its Restoring Australia initiative, and is on track to use 100% renewable energy by 2025 and feature solar panels on 50 more stores over the next 18 months.

Beyond Bring it Back, and as part of its commitment to sustainability, Officeworks is leading the retail circular economy movement with the launch of a national recovery and repair service.

In February 2022, Officeworks acquired a 21% stake in Brisbane-based social enterprise, World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), which drives profit for a purpose by repairing, repurposing and reselling imperfect and unwanted products.

In the coming months, Officeworks plans to expand WBGS under a new brand called Circonomy and grow the existing collection and repair service beyond Queensland and furniture and office supplies.