Carlex Glass America LLC recently implemented a public-private partnership to reduce its landfill waste at its aftermarket distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn.
Previously, at Carlex, the wooden crates used to package glass were only used once before being sent to the landfill, and only two percent of its waste was recycled. Today, 95 percent of Carlex’s discarded remains are recycled.
“In the logistics industry, specifically the automotive glass industry, waste streams pose a challenge. We’re often walking the line between job responsibilities and environmental sustainability,” says Lynda Hogue, director of aftermarket distribution. “Carlex is positioned to make a true impact on the environment, while also serving as an example to those in the automotive sector.”
“Sustainability is an integral part of our vision and values at Carlex. We are committed to protect the environment and enrich the communities in which we conduct our business. We are proud of the positive impact that our recycling leadership has achieved in reducing waste emissions and preserving our resources,” adds Gonzalo Reyes, vice president of automotive replacement glass at Carlex.
Carlex’s partnership with Rockwood Recycling allows 53-foot trailers to be transported from Carlex to the Rockwood facility, where Rockwood sorts and recycles the material streams into reusable materials.