Fastenal teams with Trex

One of the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives of Fastenal Company is to reduce consumption and environmental impacts throughout its operations and provide solutions for its customers to do the same. To support this objective, Fastenal has entered into a scrap supply agreement with Trex Company, Inc., a manufacturer of wood-alternative composite decking, railing, and other outdoor building products made from recycled materials. The entire portfolio of Trex composite decking is made from 95% recycled and reclaimed materials, including a mix of polyethylene (PE) film and industrial wood scrap.

Through the partnership, Fastenal is collecting used PE film in its distribution centres, branches, and customer-specific onsite locations and shipping it to Trex to use the material in the manufacture of its composite decking products. PE film (known as "pallet wrap" in the distribution industry) is used by Fastenal and its suppliers to secure boxes and other packaging to pallets for shipment.

"Pallet wrap is vital to our daily operations, but once the product is unwrapped, we have no use for it," said Dave Olson, Director of EHS & Sustainability for Fastenal. "Working with Trex to turn all that potential waste into sustainable outdoor building products is a win for both organisations."

To support the program, Fastenal has invested more than $300,000 in equipment and infrastructure in its United States distribution centres to efficiently bale and consolidate used PE film for recycling by Trex. In the first year of the program, Fastenal expects to divert an estimated 600,000 pounds of plastic from landfills through material collected within its distribution centres.

"We applaud Fastenal's commitment to creating a more sustainable business model by participating in the NexTrex Recycling Program," said Dave Heglas, Senior Director of Supply Chain Excellence for Trex. "The contributions of eco-minded partners, like Fastenal, are not only integral to our manufacturing process, but also critical to addressing our country's growing plastic waste problem."