From Recycling to Green Chassis Upgrades, TRAC Reinforces its Commitment to Sustainability
May 28, 2021
Sustainability is an integral part of good corporate citizenship. From climate change to fair labor practices to equality and diversity – Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues are critically important to companies of all types and sizes, including TRAC Intermodal.
Scientists have made it clear that shifting to a low carbon world is not only critical – it’s urgent. That shift means everyone will need to make more sustainable decisions and contributions, at home and in business. For TRAC, this involves both day-to-day initiatives and environmentally-friendly processes as well as large scale programs like green chassis upgrades.
Working toward a Zero-Waste operations
TRAC’s zero-waste strategy is twofold. First and foremost, our goal is to minimize our waste stream. To do that, we focus on refurbishing and greening our fleets before retiring them. And when our chassis do reach end-of-life, we have a comprehensive recycling program in place to ensure every possible part can be reused or re-purposed.
Thanks to our innovative waste management and recycling programs, each year TRAC Intermodal recycles 20 million pounds of chassis metal, 5 million pounds of rims, 6 million pounds of pure rubber dust and 70,000 tires.
Environmentally-focused maintenance and repair
TRAC’s chassis pools are essentially eco-friendly in that units are shared by multiple users, which minimizes their carbon footprint. However, keeping chassis in good working order is also crucial to reducing the carbon footprint of our fleet. TRAC’s M&R and Quality Assurance procedures are among the best in the industry and keep our chassis safe and road-ready.
Green chassis upgrades program
In addition to ongoing maintenance and repair, TRAC focuses on modernizing and greening its fleet. That’s why we have invested $450 million in chassis upgrades since 2015. Not only do we restore equipment to like-new condition, we convert thousands of chassis each year to have even more sustainable features. This includes installing:
- LED lights with 50,000 hours of life expectancy and recyclable parts
- Radial OEM tires, which are more durable than bias ply and improve fuel efficiency
Industry-leading tire retreading and recycling
TRAC has also taken control over tire production as a part of its modernization program. A Goodyear authorized retreader, TRAC Tire Services uses an innovative manufacturing process and proprietary compounded intermodal rubber for added safety and to minimize wear. Retreading results in 70% fewer emissions compared to the production of a new tire.
To illustrate our commitment and share where we are, we’ve created a dedicated Sustainability section on our website. Here you can learn more about the programs we have in place to help lower our carbon footprint and benefit the communities we live and work in.
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