Now, more than ever, it is crucial to ensure environmental sustainability. Even more so when it comes to running a large-scale logistics operation. To help ensure the health and well-being of our planet and future generations, Bison USA is committed to promoting and practicing environmental sustainability in our industry every day.
Bison uses multiple methods to reduce waste, bolster recycling efforts, decrease emissions, conserve water, and maintain water quality.
Recycling and Waste Reduction
When it comes to waste reduction and recycling Bison has retreaded around 12,000 tires in 2022 alone. Retreaded tires use approximately 30% less energy and 56 fewer liters of oil throughout the tire’s life. Bison uses an advanced oil analysis program that requires changes around 60,000-75,000 miles saving 56,000 liters of oil and 1,100 oil filters throughout a year. Further contributing to this, 70,000 liters of oil and 5,500 oil filters were sent for recycling by Bison in 2022. Bison also recycles around 40 tons of scrap and 1,700 batteries annually.
With air pollution being one of the most harmful types of pollution, Bison has placed heavy emphasis on reducing the amount of emissions that our trucks produce. Industry-wide diesel engines create significantly less emissions than other engines. This is especially true in newer trucks, with models released in 2011 or later producing near-zero emissions. The average age for a Bison truck is only 3 years old. Automated transmissions in Bison trucks save fuel by optimizing shifting, which is difficult to do with a manual transmission. Industry statistics show this increases fuel efficiency by 2%. Auxiliary power units for sleepers provide the power needed to keep drivers comfortable and safe while on the road, without requiring the truck to idle, once again saving fuel, and reducing emissions. Bison trucks and trailers also use lightweight and aerodynamic components that reduce drag and result in an improvement of fuel efficiency by up to 10%
Water Conservation and Quality
Maintaining water quality and water conservation is another focus that we have here at Bison. There are oil-water separators in all the maintenance shop pits and wash bays to remove oil, hydraulic fluids, petroleum-based goods, and fuels from the water, with the main benefit of reducing pollution. Our wash bays have high-efficiency boilers installed which are equipped with a water recycling system and automated trailer wash system that contributes to saving water. All waste from wash bays is picked up and properly disposed of. Spill trays are used at all waste storage tanks and drums to capture any leaks and spills, keeping the hazardous product from entering drains should there be an accidental release. Lastly, backflow preventers have been installed on all water supply lines coming into buildings, and all sprinkler systems are also protected with backflow preventers and isolated from drinking water systems.
Being a logistics company in a world facing increasing environmental challenges can be daunting, but by integrating sustainable practices into our daily operations we have been able to work towards a better future for all. We invite anyone who may be reading this to join us in making a difference for our planet and the generations to come.