Thermo King's zero waste to landfill


16 August 2017
Thermo King's manufacturing base in Galway, Ireland, is one of the first sites in the Ingersoll Rand Group to achieve zero waste to landfill.

The Galway factory employs more than 500 people, who build a wide range of Thermo King truck and trailer refrigeration units. Before achieving the zero waste milestone, the facility sent 230 tonnes of waste to landfill every year. Now, everything is recyclable, and recycling waste generated at the production stations like metal, plastic, cardboard or wood is part of standard work at the facility.
The sustainability push follows the Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment made in September 2014 which included a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 35% by 2020.
Cormac Mac Donncha, operations director at Thermo King, said: “Measures implemented at Galway have been effective and show that environmental sustainability is the right call for everyone, including our bottom line.  For example, we switched from using wooden pallets to reusable steel pallets for shipping finished product. This keeps pallets out of landfill, avoids the cost of recycling them and saves the facility over one million euros each year."
Another recent improvement is the installation of a harvesting facility to collect rainwater from the building’s 200,000 sq ft roof. It is used for toilet flushing and reduces the facility’s water usage by 50,000 litres (13,200 gallons) per month.
“The work doesn’t stop just because we’ve reached our zero waste to landfill goal. This is an ongoing process. We continue to look for alternative recycling methods and opportunities to further reduce our impact on the environment,” said Mac Donncha.
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