Kingston’s Green Initiatives
As part of the purchase of our new manufacturing facility in Middleboro, Kingston Trailers has initiated a program to preserve natural resources and improve energy efficiency. Our efforts focus on actions with measurable, verifiable results and active recycling.
A Company-Wide Initiative
Kingston’s Green Initiative covers more than just the materials we use to build our trailers. Here are just some of the initiatives we have instituted in our plants:
- The replacement of every fluorescent light bulbs with LED fixtures, with a substantial savings in energy and an environmentally friendly device that does not use mercury.
- New high efficiency (97%) boilers for our heating system that uses clean natural gas.
- The aluminum we buy from mills is almost 90% recycled from pre-and post-consumer use.
- Scrap aluminum are all collected and recycled, including the metals’ saw chips.
- Aluminum is one of the easiest metals to recycle. Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy and produces 95% lower greenhouse gas emissions than producing primary aluminum.
- We do paint any of our products, therefore we have no paint booth, eliminating Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and Ozone Depleting Chemicals (ODC’s).
- All cardboard is collected and recycled.
- All wood products used to bundle aluminum extrusion and pallets are recycled or are provided to the community, free of charge, for reuse instead of being thrown out and winding up in a landfill.
Kingston’s exclusively uses aluminum, wood and rubber instead of steel in the construction of its trailers. The extensive use of aluminum in Kingston’s products not only resists rust and corrosion better than steel—it also has several ecological benefits. Aluminum can reduce the weight of the trailer by nearly 20%. The lighter weight can lower tow vehicle fuel consumption, not to mention reduce emissions and cut down on engine wear. In addition, the aluminum industry estimates that “for each pound of aluminum which replaces two pounds of conventional iron or steel, a net 20 pounds of CO2 equivalents can be saved over the typical lifetime of a vehicle.” Aluminum also offers improved durability, which reduces product obsolescence.