Case Studies

We’ve aided multiple industries in improving their bottom line with sustainability solutions.

Building an Infrastructure

Client Profile

Shipper Inc - $15 billion division (out of $50 billion in annual revenue)

Shipper Inc is an international 3rd party logistics provider. Several locations asked the corporate headquarters to look into recycling programs to help preserve the environment.

Situation

Shipper Inc needed a partner to build a nationwide recycling infrastructure from the ground up. The traditional waste companies offered recycling programs that limited the amount of revenue Shipper Inc would receive.

Avangard Innovative’s Solutions

Individual locations routed waste back to district hubs, which helped create the critical mass necessary to efficiently commoditize their recyclables. Avangard created and implemented an equipment solution to enable Shipper Inc to maximize the volume of their recyclables. Avangard used its national network to create flows for all of Shipper Inc’s materials, which freed Shipper Inc’s resources to focus on their core business.

Results

  • Increase in recyclables revenue by 8x
  • Decrease in waste cost by 15%
  • 18-month ROI on equipment
  • Improvement in company’s environmentally friendly corporate image

Efficient Sustainability

Client Profile

Grocery Co - $20 billion in revenue and 400 locations

A Grocery Co recycled cardboard for 20 years but found that at most stores, plastics – like grocery bags – ended up in the trash compactor.  They needed an environmental partner that could create and execute an enterprise-wide plastics program that would increase recycling revenue and help Grocery Co achieve their sustainability goals.

Situation

Each distribution center’s recycling program operated independently. Therefore, locations didn’t share best practices among each other. The result was a wide scale of recycling programs – some locations appeared to be large, efficient programs, while others hardly recycled at all. Meanwhile, the corporate headquarters didn’t have the data to understand their recycling program’s operating efficiency across all locations.

Avangard Innovative’s Solutions

Avangard implemented a sustainability program with four key points:

  1. Educating front-line staff on the different types of plastics to recycle and the financial value of plastics
  2. Working with company leadership to develop a place for customers to deposit used bags
  3. Providing appropriate recycling equipment
  4. Centralizing the plastics recycling program so that Grocery Co’s people could focus on their core business

Results

  • 40% increase in recycling revenue
  • 3-month ROI on equipment

Grocery Co’s leadership receive dashboards to gauge their progress toward sustainability and revenue goals. They can measure their recycling efficiency precisely to ensure they are maximizing their revenue and keeping their waste costs low.