Building a more sustainable world, one pallet at a time

Our Vision For a Sustainable World

Our vision is a world where supply chains produce zero wood waste, with minimum negative impact on our climate and eco-systems.

Our Sustainability Strategy

To achieve our sustainability vision, Kamps has made significant investments at all stages of our “Sustainable Pallet Life-Cycle” to ensure we have the most comprehensive supply chain coverage for our customers and vendors. This ability allows us to continuously retain the maximum amount of pallets into inventory, while creating value out of “End of Life” pallets via environmentally positive by-products such as Mulch, Biofuel, and Wood Pellets.

By following our sustainability strategy, Kamps positively impacts the environment through sustainable forestry, carbon off-sets, landfill diversions, and clean energy generation.

Through our Green Scorecard Certificate, Kamps passes this positive impact along to our customers and vendors.

Kamps Sustainable Pallet Cycle 2-5

2021 Environmental Sustainability Report

The world around us continues to change, find out how Kamps' innovative spirit is helping us meet sustainability goals and how we can help your organization reach its own.

Report highlights are featured below.

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While recognizing the size and scale of our business operations, Kamps conducted an initial baseline carbon footprint assessment to understand our carbon impact.

The results of our operational carbon footprint analysis revealed that during calendar year 2021, Kamps emitted approximately 37,000 metric tons CO2-e. By recycling over 67 million pallets through Kamps owned legacy facilities, approximately 0.51 kilograms of CO2-e are emitted for every pallet recycled, lower than the industry average.

The figures above include data from Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

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The breakdown of our carbon footprint revealed that more than half of our operational carbon footprint can be attributed to fuel consumption associated with our current fleet operations.

To lower these emissions, Kamps has partnered with a national communications and SaaS company to track fleet performance to help with route optimization.

In 2021, the overall route time decreased by 15% and is expected to continue to improve as the program gets fully implemented across the business. Kamps intends to investigate additional ways in which we can economically reduce our footprint.

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In 2021, Kamps recycled over 200 million pallets across all locations. This volume includes the Kamps national network, as well as historical annual data for acquired locations post Kamps acquisition. Following this logic, and EPA's WARM Model, Kamps off-set 5,624,292 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

To paint a picture of our carbon emission off-sets in relations to our footprint, Kamps also conducted a carbon handprint analysis specific to our company owned facilities during Kamps owned and operated periods in 2021.

Kamps has estimated that by recycling 67M+ pallets through our Kamps owned and operated facilities in 2021 (which displaces the need to procure a new pallet) and forecasting over a 24-trip period, which represents the useful life of a new wooden pallet, our business contributes to the avoidance of over 250,000 metric tons CO2-e of GHG emissions over this timeframe. And by producing over 500,000 cubic yards of mulch from scrap pallet pieces, Kamps avoided approximately 1,000 metric tons CO2-e of GHG emissions.

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Through our responsible forestry initiatives, Kamps saves a large quantity of trees by maximizing the value of every used pallet - while helping to sustain the overall health of our forests through responsible use of lumber materials.

In 2021, Kamps recycled over 200,000,000 pallets. By recycling this amount of wooden pallets, Kamps saved over 10,917,030 trees.

200,000,000 Pallets Recycled in 2021

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Our Green Scorecard Certificate

Kamps has pinpointed three major environmental impacts of our pallet recycling operations.

These environmental impact factors make up the basis of our Green Scorecard Certificate, a certificate that tracks these factors through the following environmental KPIs: Carbon Off-Sets, Landfill Diversions, and Trees Saved. Every pallet that we recondition, repurpose, or grind into mulch is recorded and its impact on our environment is reflected.

As a trusted partner and supply chain contributor, Kamps appreciates the role we play in our customers' and vendors' environmental reporting. That is why we leverage this data to provide our customers with their own Green Scorecard Certificates, based on their annual impact with Kamps. This data includes carbon off-set data applicable to Scope 3 reporting.

Total Number Recycled: Based on Kamps national network, including historical annual data post Kamps acquisition.  |  Trees Saved: Based on first-hand proprietary research performed by Kamps using lumber source data and internal manufacturing data.  |  Landfill Diverted: Assumes 18.5 kilograms per pallet on average and 100% of the pallets recycled would have otherwise been landfilled.  |  Carbon Off-Sets: Based on Version 13 of EPA’s WARM model for dimensional lumber.

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