Reducing the environmental impacts associated with resource consumption is an important part of our environmental stewardship responsibilities. The growing demand for products and services is placing considerable strain on resources, as well as the land space to accommodate waste accumulation. This is why we are focused on doing more with less, while preventing and reducing our waste consumption. Responsible material stewardship and better waste management strategies enable us to realize cost efficiencies, lessen our environmental impact, increase productivity, and give our employees a sense of pride for being part of a company that cares about the future.
Reducing Waste at Source
Over the past few years, we continued to establish a more robust waste inventory. The new waste inventory has enabled us to target resource materials that generate significant quantities of waste. With a clearer focus, we partner with our suppliers to promote more sustainable materials, reduce packaging and increase recycling and reuse.
We continue to reuse materials from our buildings and yards, including used oil, concrete ties, engine coolants, and wastewater from treatment plants to wash locomotives
Through our EcoConnexions Program, we are engaging our employees and strengthening our culture of waste management. We continue to increase awareness of waste sorting and recycling opportunities, while sharing best practices across the network. Our recycling initiatives include paper and cardboard, plastic, batteries, electronic waste, scrap metals, rail, railcars and rail ties.