The operation of industrial container recycling is an inherently a green operation. Reconditioning a used container uses one third the energy and generates one quarter the amount of solid waste than manufacturing a new container. We presently have seven independent processes that minimize our impact on the environment.
Green Collar Workers
Over half of our labor forces of “green collar” workers live within walking or bicycling distance from our two factories.
Trucks are dispatched so that every round trip from the factory has a front and a back haul.
When production ends for the day the factories go into an energy saver mode that includes turning off of non essential lights, reducing HVAC loads, and putting boilers compressors and other equipment on standby or off altogether. Some of these processes are automated, future plans call for complete automation of energy use.
Recycled Rain Water
When appropriate for operations we collect rain water as a feed stock to our rinse and wash operations. We also manage storm water that may otherwise go into public sewers and transfer that water to our stone covered trailer storage yard so that water may recharge the ground water.
Waste Water Management
Waste water management processes include the reclamation of hydrocarbons by an offsite recycler and the washing and rinsing of residues from containers in a way to maximize the service life of the water.
Responsible Sourcing of Materials
Segregating, washing, shredding, & regrinding of scrap plastic is managed logistically to provide a reliable raw material to our vendors. These vendors are audited to insure that our raw material is used in factories within the United States. There finished product may be exported but the conversion of our raw material to a finished product is done in the US. This is important in continuing the growth in the US of markets that make products from our types of plastics. There is continuing pressure from abroad for these raw materials. Shipping these materials half way around the world degrades the opportunity for reliable US supply and generates greenhouse gasses in the transportation process.
Sustainable Steel Resources
Steel containers that are reconditioned require the least amount of energy use. These containers retain their original configuration. Steel containers that are remanufactured or converted from closed head to open head require more energy. These two operations are still a sustainable process as an unwanted container is converted to a wanted container replacing the need for the manufacture of a new container. Steel containers that cannot be reused are crushed to create the most efficient transportation of the scrap to the scrap yard.