Through right sizing, Kum & Go has consolidated its use of indoor and outdoor can liners and recycling receptacle liners, creating cost savings while also having a positive impact on the environment.
“With this initiative, Kum & Go has reduced the amount of material sent to the landfill by more than 30 percent while shrinking the use of virgin resin by over 97 percent,” said Tomas Boltnar, Cost Manager for Kum & Go. “Revolution Bag provides an environmentally friendly solution with a significant cost savings.”
Kum & Go, which is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, and has more than 430 convenience stores throughout the Midwest, is an industry leader in sustainable practices. The bags it is switching to are made of a resin that consists of 30 percent to 100 percent of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. The resin is third-party certified as 100 percent post-cosumer recycled resin.
Revolution Bag can also ensure the consistent quality of the trash bags because of the closed-loop recycling process it uses for the resin. Revolution Bag’s sister company, Delta Plastics of the South, creates irrigation tubing that is used on farms in the southern United States. That tubing is then picked up from farmers for no charge at the end of the growing season. The tubing is then washed and recycled into resin and transferred to Revolution Bag’s headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., where it is converted to trash bags that far exceed the EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines that require a minimum of 10 percent.
“Our bags come at a cost-savings but are also strong enough to meet the wide variety of needs of a convenience store, ranging from food service needs to outside receptacles to recycling bins,” said Matt Jones, Revolution Bag Vice President of Sales. “These bags are also compliant with EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines and qualify within the USGBC’s LEED program.”
Revolution Bag works with companies to consolidate bag sizes and colors for bags used for refuse and recycling. Part of the process also includes right-sizing the bags to better fit the receptacles being used.
About Kum & Go, LC
Kum & Go, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, is the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the United States. The family-owned company began in 1959, in Hampton, Iowa, and has grown to more than 430 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming). Thanks to the efforts of its 4,600 associates, Kum & Go stores continue to lead the industry in customer service and convenience.
Sustainability aligns with Kum & Go’s core values of caring, excellence, integrity, passion, and teamwork. Kum & Go also demonstrates a commitment to sustainable practices through leadership in four key areas, including being resourceful, renewable, responsible, and restorative. New stores are designed, constructed and submitted for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Kum & Go currently has 72 LEED-certified stores, with 24 additional stores currently under review for LEED certification – the most of any convenience retailer in the nation. For more, go to kumandgo.com/about-kum-and-go/sustainability/
About Revolution Bag
Revolution Bag is the first company to provide a complete line of EPA-compliant trash can liners that don’t cost more and perform just as well as bags produced with virgin resin. The key is with Revolution’s supply of post-consumer materials — a virtually endless quantity of consistent, high-quality raw materials for recycling provided by sister company Delta Plastics. Delta Plastics makes a variety of agricultural plastics that are collected, washed, reground and then manufactured into Revolution Bags. For more information, go to revolutionbag.com