Recycling components can help fleets go green and save some green

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Updated Sep 27, 2019
Michelin announced in June at its Movin’ On Summit that the composition of its tires will jump from 28 to 80 percent sustainable materials by 2048.Michelin announced in June at its Movin’ On Summit that the composition of its tires will jump from 28 to 80 percent sustainable materials by 2048.

Fleets generate several recycling streams that can prove advantageous for both their business and the environment.

Tires, batteries, fluids and various metals come to mind when considering recycling options, but you can expand your green footprint by going into the office as well and that doesn’t necessarily mean having to deal with several different recycling companies.

Quest Resource Management Group offers a full range of recycling services. Really, if there’s anything that can be recycled from a fleet, Quest is up for the challenge from tire pressure monitors, to fluids, metals, batteries, plastic, paper, pallets and more.

“There’s other people doing them but there’s nobody that’s doing all of them,” said Quest CEO Ray Hatch. “We can approach any business and know that we can handle all of their waste streams.”

Used motor oil ranks high on the list of recyclables, and according to Hatch, Quest’s national presence gives them advantages over their competitors.

“One of the key advantages is that we can consolidate and two because we have a national scale we’re able to leverage the cost of processing and picking up down and we’re also able to optimize the values of these commodities like used motor oil because we handle millions of gallons of used motor oil every year,” Hatch explained. “With that you get to command a pretty significant market presence and we’re able to do that and our clients benefit from that from a price standpoint.”

Quest meets with fleets to gauge their needs and develop a recycling plan.

“Generally, we would set up the services based on the volume that they generate,” said Vanessa Lepice, Quest’s vice-president of marketing and new business development.

“We look at their business and historical volume, accounting for any fluctuation in the amount of waste they generate.”

Quest keeps up with national, state and local waste regulation laws and works with local sub-contractors when possible to more quickly pick up a fleet’s waste and get those products in for processing.

Click below to read about the various recycling methods available across several trucking components.

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