Since 2015, Capital One has rolled out composting at nine of our office locations, including our four main campuses. Composting not only reduces the amount of waste that’s sent to landfills, it plays a critical role in reducing methane—a greenhouse gas that’s 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. We have plans to roll out composting in at least 50% of our sites by the end of 2021.
In addition to composting, we’ve introduced centralized waste in over 90% of our office space. Instead of having under-desk trash cans, associates use consolidated bins to sort recycling, compost, secure shred and trash.
We ensure that all our unwanted technology is sold, donated or properly recycled. In 2019, we held two electronics recycling days for our associates where they could bring their unwanted desktops, laptops, servers and other personal electronic assets for recycling.
We’re combating food waste in our food service operations. Our cafeterias at six sites donate food, which might otherwise go to waste, to local hunger relief nonprofits in our communities. In 2019, this added up to more than 16 tons of food donated.