Gardening is good for the environment. The more plants, the more carbon dioxide is removed from the air. However when gardeners in Canada crowded into Walmart one summer, they left a costly environmental issue behind: empty wooden racks where the plants had been shelved and displayed.
Walmart asked vendors to come pick up the racks, with limited success. As plant sales increased and wooden waste piled up, workers at stores across Canada struggled to break down and dispose of the racks. General waste compactors were overflowing, health and safety issues were apparent and environmental alarms went off.
To quickly address the challenge, Walmart reached out to CHEP’s on-site experts. Was there any way the retailer's trucks - already at the stores from their distribution centers - could be used in recycling the plant racks?
Absolutely. Working closely with operation managers at Walmart's 400 Canadian stores, our team developed a reverse logistics and waste diversion solution to quickly and efficiently move all the excess racks to a recycling facility. As a result, this solution has helped improve health and safety for store associates, reduce waste disposal costs and positively impact waste diversion metrics.