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Wastequip, the company behind Toter containers and other waste-handling equipment brands, is moving forward with efforts to cut one-quarter of the virgin resin it uses throughout its entire cart manufacturing process.
A life cycle analysis of Toter carts that RRS led last year found that Wastequip’s Project25 commitment could help reduce each cart’s carbon footprint by at least 9%. It’s a gradual, multifront effort: The company aims to boost the amount of postconsumer resin (PCR) and postindustrial resin (PIR) in its carts while also extending a cart’s lifespan to avoid the need for new carts as frequently.
Wastequip also wants to increase transparency and traceability for customers. As of 2022, all customers will get information about how much PCR and PIR each cart contains for six of Toter’s top colors, said Kristin Kinder, vice president of research and waste stream sustainability. That data will allow municipalities to “optimize that in their education and their communication channels with the residents,” she said.