Try It Distributing and its subsidiaries are committed to reducing our waste streams, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and overall impact on the environment by fostering recycling and clean energy programs across all of our facilities and operations.
Here at Try It Distributing, we have made a choice to make Environmental Sustainability part of our Team Culture. We have a Sustainability Team made up of stakeholders that wish to further our environmental vision. This has resulted in the following green initiatives:
- Converting our fleet of 43 delivery trucks from diesel to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
- Opening a Public Accessible CNG filling station
- Installing Solar Panels
- Recycling of our waste aluminum cans and bottles
- Recycling of all of our office paper, cardboard and warehouse shrink wrap
- Recycling of our liquid beer waste
- Eco-Responsible Construction Practices
“Our sustainability programs cost more to run, but we realize their real value. Using our place in our community to better the environment for our friends, families and business partners.”
Conversion to Compressed Natural Gas
In 2014, we converted our entire delivery fleet of 43 trucks to CNG at a cost of $2 MILLION greater than a comparable diesel fleet!
On top of that, we opened a public accessible CNG filling station on our site – solid proof that we are committed to expanding the clean energy infrastructure in our region so that other fleets and private citizens can join in on the benefits of cleaner burning natural gas:
Greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions – 390 Tons of Carbon emissions – or the equivalent of removing 80 cars from the road annually
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2) by 20%-30%
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) by 75%
- Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) by 50%
- Particle Matter by 95%
Utilizing Solar Energy
We have installed Solar Panels on the roof of our Saratoga Springs, NY facility. Additionally, we are exploring the potential of greatly expanding our system in Saratoga Springs and also installing a massive solar array at our facility at Try It that would produce more than 50% of our electrical requirement at both campuses!
Solar energy is recognized as the future of alternative energy sources as it is non-polluting and helps combat the Greenhouse effect on global climate.
Solar energy produces no pollution, has no environmental effects and is ecologically acceptable.
In 14 ½ seconds, the sun provides as much energy as humanity uses in a day. Why the heck wouldn’t we use just a bit of it for good?
“Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Eco-Responsible Construction and Operational Practices
As a growing Beverage Distributor, we have constructed over 350,000 square feet of distribution space across Upstate New York within the last 5 years. As we design, build, and operate these facilities, we feel it is our responsibility to create distribution complexes that have as little environmental impact as possible and far exceed the required energy mandates for efficiency.
Utilization of interior and exterior Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting fixtures
- LED last up to 10 times longer than even the best fluorescent lamps!
- There is no mercury used in the manufacturing of LED lamps!
- LED light bulbs use only 2-10 watts of electricity (1/3rd to 1/30th of Incandescent or CFL) Small LED flashlight bulbs will extend battery life 10 to 15 times longer than with incandescent bulbs. Also, because these bulbs last for years, energy is saved in maintenance and replacement costs.
Employing Recycled Construction Materials
- 880,000 pounds of the 1,162,000 pounds of steel required for our Lancaster warehouse expansion is reclaimed from pre and post-consumer recycled content. This means that 75% of the steel on our project is RECYCLED!
Utilizing recycled concrete for sub base fill material in new construction areas
- Instead of using virgin mined stone as a sub base fill material under paving areas, we have elected to use recycled concrete. We found a home for 60 MILLION POUNDS of this material on our site!
- Using this recycled concrete will remove this waste material from the landfills and other polluted areas. We will also avoid further air, land, and water pollution by not requiring this fill material to be mined from a quarry. All good stuff!
Utilization of high bay, large diameter circulation fans
- These ceiling fans are not your run of the mill fans you see in your friends’ living rooms! These are 18 to 24 foot diameter, specially engineered air foils that are capable of moving tremendous amounts of air at low rpm speeds.
- In the winter heating months, these fans are running to eliminate the stratification of warm air at the ceiling – essentially forcing it down to the floor of the warehouse where it is needed – to heat the good people of our warehouse.
- In the summer, the fans are running to give those same good folks some cooling effect – a much less impactful option vs. air conditioning!
Reduction of Light Pollution
- Develop a lighting plan and install lighting fixtures that are sensitive to protecting nocturnal environments and to minimize any lighting trespass and reduce sky-glow to increase night sky access for our neighbors.
Regional Sourcing of Construction Materials
- Select construction material manufacturers that are located within a 500 mile radius of our facility.
- Goal – On a local scale, to support local companies and their employees – all of whom are our customers. On a regional scale, to reduce the impact on the environment due to transportation and its related infrastructure.
Participation in an energy curtailment program with our electrical utility provider
- Strategy – during periods of high electrical demand, our utility provider notifies us to reduce our electrical consumption.
- Goal – By having the ability to reduce our electrical consumption requirement when requested, the utility provider offsets the need to expand their infrastructure system, which would have a wide range of economic and environmental impacts.
Implementation of a filtered drinking water system in lieu of bottled drinking water systems
- Strategy – We have changed from bottled water coolers to higher efficiency “Pure Water Technology of WNY, Inc.” systems, which filter and refrigerate tap water instead of using plastic bottles.
- Goal – This eliminates plastic bottles from being produced and thrown away. It also reduces gasoline usage and air pollution because water no longer has to be delivered by truck to our facility. The water is pretty darn good too!
Paper, Cardboard and Shrink Wrap Recycling
Last year, we recycled over 71Tons of paper, cardboard and shrink wrap. Every stakeholder realizes the benefits of this plan and it’s with their help we are able to realize this level of success!
- Using old paper to make new paper uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than making paper from trees.
- Pollution is also reduced by 95 percent when used paper is made into new sheets.
- 40 percent of all waste going to landfills is paper. Cutting down on paper waste will extend the lives of our landfills.