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Waste

Conserving natural resources while creating cost-saving opportunities

Key Stats

13%

Reduction in hazardous waste year-over-year

17

Sites with zero waste to landfill in 2020

12%

Increase in Non-hazardouse waste to landfill in 2020

Reducing Waste

Trane Technologies is committed to zero waste to landfill across the company by 2030. Since 2019, seventeen Trane operations have achieved this designation. While our non-hazardous waste to landfill increased by 12% in 2020, we reduced the amount of hazardous waste disposed by 13%.

Our manufacturing sites reuse and recycle waste to not only conserve natural resources and reduce pollution, but also to create cost-saving opportunities for our business.

Packaging material is the primary waste our manufacturing facilities send to landfill. We are increasing our returnable packaging program and evaluating options to participate in packaging cooperatives while expanding our network of global recycling partners. Our corporate procurement standards for suppliers restrict once-used packaging for our preferred suppliers.

Our recycling rate decreased by 4% in 2020 compared to 2019, however, we continued a strong rate of recycling of 3.6 pounds of material for every pound of non-hazardous waste sent to the landfill. Our total solid waste disposed was 9,395 metric tons.

Our waste management strategy includes product end-of-life considerations. We incorporate such considerations, such as the recyclability of materials used, in product design and development. Read more in our Product Life Cycle & Materials section

Trane Technologies has also joined a project led by the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (U.S. BCSD), that aims to develop materials marketplaces using industrial ecology to help businesses exchange and source materials as part of their industrial waste streams. Some of our manufacturing sites are participating in U.S. BCSD state marketplaces. This work contributes to six of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8)
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9)
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11)
  • Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12)
  • Climate Action (SDG 13)
  • Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17)

Read more about our approach to product life cycle and materials management.

Waste Management


2020
2019
Waste Data (units: metric tons)
Total hazardous waste generated
873
1008
Normalized hazardous waste (metric tons/million USD)
0.0701
0.0771
Total non-hazardous waste generated
30,692
32,569
Normalized non-hazardous waste (metric tons/million USD)
2.46
2.49
Non-hazardous waste to landfill
6,220
5,564
Normalized non-hazardous waste to landfill (metric tons/million USD)
0.50
0.43
Non-hazardous waste recycled
22,169
23,055
Normalized non-hazardous waste recycled (metric tons/million USD)
1.78
1.76

Collaborating for Change

We partner to increase recycling and divert materials away from the landfill. Studies were conducted with our partners at key sites to identify major equipment changes and material segregation strategies to prepare for enhanced cardboard and wood recycling. 

With the challenges in the plastics recycling market, Trane has increased energy recovery from non-hazardous wastes via waste-to-energy operations. In 2020, Trane successfully implemented additional returnable packaging projects that advanced our efforts to achieve zero waste related to suppliers’ packaging.