Reid’s Automotive adopts ‘zero-waste’ mindset across their business

Project Type

Climate Smart Certification

Location

Burnaby, BC, Canada

Actions Implemented

  • Adopted a ‘zero-waste’ mindset across all aspects of the business
  • Set up systems to recover and reuse auto parts
  • Set up package free shipping and delivery to auto repairs shops
  • Optimized routes with combined shipments to save on fuel

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diversion of automotive parts away from landfill

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zero-waste shipping

The Big Picture


Climate Smart Service

Climate Smart Certification, 2017 — 2020


Industry

Retail (Cars, Electronics, Food, Gasoline, Clothing)


Location

Burnaby, BC, Canada

About Reid’s Automotive

Reid’s Automotive Recycling offers an earth-friendly and economical solution for vehicle repairs and end of life vehicle processing. Reid’s uses upcycled ‘Original Manufacture Parts (OEM’s)’ to ensure that their customers are receiving original parts and replacements which are safely tested and guaranteed to fit the specific model of car. Reid’s understands the importance of keeping the car original, keeping occupants’ safe, and retaining the value of the vehicle at a fraction of the cost, and with low impact to the environment.

Reid’s is a Gold certified Vehicle Processing Center accepting 2006 to 2019 Chrysler, Dodge Jeep automobiles and Ram trucks to recycle vehicles that customers no longer use, and over 98% of their vehicles have been purchased at auction from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. Reid’s Auto is also a certified Allor Wheel Repair Facility, allowing them to fix all models of aluminum wheels as to new conditions.

The Challenge

Minimizing waste from automobiles reaching the end of their life, and minimizing the waste from the distribution of recovered OEM auto parts.

Going Climate Smart

Owners Stuart and Teresa Reid take great pride in their contribution to a low-carbon economy by extending the life of auto parts and helping to keep late model vehicle components out of landfills. This pride is what propelled Reid’s Auto to participate in Climate Smart, and their work continues to set a high standard of sustainability and climate action in the Canadian Automotive industry. Through Climate Smart, Reid’s Auto identified areas of opportunity to save on carbon, and costs.

The Results

Reid’s Auto has adopted a ‘zero-waste’ mindset across all aspects of the business including daily operations, packaging, shipping, and repurposing of late model auto parts. Through operations and reduction initiatives, Reid’s is able to:

  • Recover and re-use auto parts and recycling waste material, helping to prevent automotive parts from ending up in the landfill
  • Package free shipping and delivery to lower mainland automotive repair shops without the need for shipping parts in cardboard boxes
  • Optimize routes with combined shipments to save on fuel consumption.

"We know that automotive recyclers aren’t necessarily perceived as protectors of the environment, but the very nature of our business—recovering and supplying used auto parts—has significant environmental benefits. Working with Climate Smart to extend this commitment to our operations was not only a logical next step for us, it resonated strongly with all of us who work here. Our expenses are lower and our staff are more engaged and work more collaboratively. This has assisted a growth in our revenue, increased our efficiency, and helps us deliver a higher level of service to our customers. It’s really been win, win, win."

TERESA REID - Co-founder

How they did it

  • Adopted a ‘zero-waste’ mindset across all aspects of the business
  • Set up systems to recover and reuse auto parts
  • Set up package free shipping and delivery to BC's Lower Mainland automotive repairs shops, installing inbuilt hooks into delivery trucks so that auto parts can be hooked rather than packaged in cardboard boxes
  • Combined shipments with fellow QRPBC members to achieve optimized routes and less frequent stops for delivery

What's next for Reid's Automotive Recycling Ltd.

Through their membership with Quality Recycled Parts Group (QRPBC), Reid’s has secured an exclusive partnership with ReJay Freight to deliver their product, package free. Some unique features include:

  • Customized solutions such as inbuilt hooks inside trucks so that shipped auto parts can be hooked into place rather than packaged into cardboard boxes
  • ReJay Freight combines shipment with fellow QRPBC members thus achieving optimized routes and less frequent stops for delivery

For trips outside of province, Reid’s Auto also works to optimize shipments with Van-Kam Frieghtways to reduce time on the road, and save on fuel consumption.

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