Wastequip to reduce virgin resin by 25%

Wastequip has launched Project25, the first initiative under its CORE (COrporate REsponsibility) program.

Project25 commits to reducing the amount of virgin resin used in the company’s entire cart manufacturing operation by 25 percent. Focused on Wastequip’s Toter brand, this commitment will help reduce Toter’s carbon footprint by nine percent per cart.

The decrease per cart is calculated from a 2020 study by Resource Recycling Systems. An ISO 14044 compliant life cycle assessment (LCA) was conducted with a critical review that evaluated a Toter cart’s cradle-to-grave carbon footprint. The LCA estimated that 62 percent of a Toter cart’s environmental footprint comes from resin.

“Data to guide meaningful, measurable impacts is inherent to our CORE program,” said Kristin Kinder, vice president of research and waste stream sustainability.

“Project25 is our first opportunity to turn that objective data into action and an important step toward long-lasting change at Wastequip and hopefully the industry, too”

Post-consumer resin

To achieve the commitments outlined in Project25, Toter will incorporate post-consumer (PCR) and post-industrial (PIR) sources of recycled material for its six most popular colours. Toter will also offer material traceability so customers will have visibility of the amount of PCR and PIR used in their order. 

Toter serves national, regional, local haulers, and municipalities, as well as retail brands. Project25 aligns the interests for each of those segments.

“Of course, maintaining Toter’s legendary toughness and durability, while reducing the virgin resin in our carts, was the only option,” added Kinder.

“As Toter’s LCA confirmed, extending a cart’s lifespan is one of the most critical components to decreasing a cart’s carbon footprint.

Average of 11 years

Toter consistently delivers durability, with customers reporting an average service life of 11 years for their Toter carts, while those who don’t use Toter carts report a service life just over nine years.

Keeping Toter carts that extra two years lowers its carbon footprint by 17 percent. That’s the same benefit as using almost 50 percent recycled resin by weight.