The Greener Side of Green

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 8:50:00 AM

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Save the Environment & Your Bottom Line 

"Going green" used to mean a major investment with a long-term payout, but today, going green is more affordable, more profitable, and (most importantly) the right thing to do. For OnTrac, it goes beyond using SmartWay-compliant tractors and trailers we're making changes that not only help the environment, but our ability to continue to offer competitive ground shipping rates.

There are a lot of great tips for businesses who want to save money by going green, and here some that have worked for OnTrac, and just might work for you, too: 

    • Install high-efficiency LED lighting
      If you're still using incandescents, says you could reduce your electric spending 80% by switching to LED lighting. Light-emitting diodes have no mercury and a recent Energy Department study concluded that they have a much smaller impact on the environment when compared to their incandescent counterparts. It’s an instant-on technology, so we coupled them with motion sensors for even more energy savings in our warehouses. 
    • Upgrade to virtual servers and cloud services
      Gone are the days of rooms full of servers at the office. The topic can get technical quickly, but we've consolidated most of our servers into virtual ones, and are increasing our use of cloud services. It reduced our IT infrastructure costs, increased our redundancy and beefed-up our security.  Virtualizing just 100 servers is the equivalent of planting 1,569 trees or taking 89 cars off the street, so it is definitely something worth considering.
    • Donate old office furniture
    • Our operations are growing, and sometimes that means relocating to larger facilities. When it comes to office furniture, we first try to repurpose it, but that doesn't always work out. We have had success with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, where we can donate gently used future to their ReStore program.  

    • To quote their site: 
      "Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world." 
    • Sell used pallets and packing materials
      Proper packing is an important part of shipping. We use a lot of bulk packaging materials when loading our trucks and we turn to local recyclers to help us dispose them properly. They purchase the used materials, which helps us recuperate some of our costs and continue to offer our customers competitive ground shipping rates.  
      Add high-volume low-speed fans
    • Keeping the climate under control in a warehouse can be challenging, especially in the summer months. We turned to a high-volume low-speed fan solution to help team members stay cool. 

      Studies by mechanical efficiency experts show that high-volume low-speed fans are the most energy efficient air circulating fans available. Delta T Corp, for example, states that airflow can make workers feel up to 10°F cooler, and according to Bill Prindle, the former Deputy Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, every one-degree change in the thermostat can reduce your energy bill by 3 percent. Adding high-volume low-speed fans helps OnTrac improve comfort and keep costs in check. 

    • Consider joining green organizations
    • OnTrac is a SmartWay Transport Partner, but there are plenty of other state and local environmental organizations worth looking into. They will be able to keep you informed of new ways to help the environment and save money. 

New advancements make it easier for businesses to work towards sustainability, but there’s still plenty that needs happen before we are all truly “green.” The good news is that getting started is easy, and the sooner you start, the more green you'll save. 

Topics: EPA, Go Green, environment, OnTrac Shipping, SmartWay Partner

Need for Speed + Green? That’s OnTrac.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 2:49:00 PM

OnTrac Green & Speed

OnTrac is the largest regional parcel delivery company in the 8 Western United States.

With overnight delivery at Ground rates to more than 60 million consumers, it’s no secret that OnTrac is able to offer its customers a faster delivery experience, but our regional capabilities don’t stop there.

Recently, Yves Leclerc, the Managing Director, Supply Chain Practice at West Monroe Partners, published an article on the results of a Green survey that sited other factors United States consumers hold high.

Sustainable transportation is one of them.

In their study, “The Need for Green or the Need for Speed,” results revealed that a sustainable transportation model ranks relatively high on online consumers’ agendas, and many consumers are willing to concede speed and would be willing to pay a premium to make home delivery “greener.”

OnTrac’s delivery system is comprised of a regional hub and spoke model, which means we keep all of our shipments on the ground and keep the environment in mind.

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Our carbon footprint is smaller because we don’t support a world wide infrastructure. Plus, our SmartWay Partnership gives us insight into the industry and provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods moving through our 

This is especially important as retailers make the push for faster delivery network.

With OnTrac, companies don’t have to worry about their efforts being accompanied by a climate friendly delivery company. We give distributors the comfortable balance between speed and “green” that can be appealing to e-commerce companies as well as online consumers.

We continually look for ways to optimize our service routes and operate responsibly within our network.

For our efforts, OnTrac was named one of the Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s Green Supply Chain winners in 2013.

For a more complete listing of OnTrac in the Environment, please visit our Green page:

Topics: overnight shipping at ground rates, Go Green, environment, OnTrac Shipping

Go Green with OnTrac and our Customers!

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 10:40:00 AM

Today, more than ever, there is a focus on the need for “Going Green” at the corporate level.  OnTrac Customer, C.W. Driver, understands the need for social responsiveness and sustainability as it relates to building and construction.  This focus results in many adaptive re-use, renovation and modernization techniques on smaller, new construction projects.  C.W. Driver, a premier builder serving the Western United States since 1919, has established a Special Projects Group, Driver SPG, in order to become a player in this expanding market.

Historically C.W. Driver has not targeted these projects, specializing instead on large-scale new construction and project management.  However, with the rising focus on sustainability, C.W. Driver and Driver SPG are capitalizing on this opportunity to stay at the forefront of these efforts.

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As leaders in General Contracting and Construction Management services, they remain on the cutting-edge across a broad spectrum of industries including education, healthcare/biomedical, entertainment, retail, tenant improvement, and hospitality. Landmark projects, historical renovations, and occupied campus programs have distinguished C.W. Driver as leaders in their field.

Driver SPG is a standalone company headquartered in Anaheim, California and serves all of C.W. Driver’s key regions: Los Angeles, Orange, Ontario, Ventura, San Diego, and the Inland Empire.  Operating with less overhead, Driver SPG provides cost-effective project delivery without sacrificing the high level of quality and service that has made C.W. Driver the leading construction firm in Southern California.

Driver SPG clients benefit from enhanced efficiency and flexibility.  OnTrac understands the importance of these standards and is willing to go the extra mile for our customers like, Driver SPG. 

Cecilia Ulloa, Office Manager for Driver SPG, shares, “We have been using OnTrac services daily for over a year and are very happy with the service.”  Ulloa boasts, “OnTrac has been wonderful for all of our shipping needs!”

Driver SPG has access to C.W. Driver’s advanced technological resources including Building Information Modeling (BIM), and proven cost and time management systems.  

“We are a business that also believes in using environmental safe products and have a recycle bin,” Ulloa states.  “Until OnTrac, I had not found anyone else who would recycle these for us.”

OnTrac offers a recycling program through our supplier, Canyon Computer Supplies, which allows our customers to recycle their empty printer cartridges.  Customers can send their empty cartridges directly to OnTrac and, in turn, Canyon Computer Supplies will pick up these empties to be recycled. Another option is to go directly to where customers can select a recycling option that best meets their needs.

OnTrac recycles with Canyon Computer SuppliesRemanufacturing toners keeps more than 42,000 tons of plastic, metal and toner out of the waste stream. For every cartridge that is remanufactured, a “core,” or spent cartridge is reused. Each core is made of approximately two and a half pounds of plastic, and without remanufacturing, that core would end up going into the waste stream.  The plastic used in a typical cartridge is industrial-grade and does not begin to degrade for at least 10 centuries, or 1,000 years.

The vendor supplies from Canyon Computer Supplies are environmentally friendly too. They conserve nature's resources by reusing non-wearing plastic shells and metal components from spent OEM cartridges. Canyon Computer Supplies and their vendors are proud to manufacture more than 80,000 environmentally conscious toner cartridges every month in addition to providing recycling services for OnTrac and other companies.

Using Remanufactured Toner Cartridges benefits all of us:

• Substantial fossil fuel and energy savings (generally, 95% of the energy used to make OEM cartridges)
• Reduction in pollution associated with extraction of virgin resources
• Each remanufactured cartridge lifecycle saves as much as one pint of oil
• Reduction in pollution associated with manufacturing new, OEM products
• Reduction in landfill-destined waste

Earth Day Recycle with OnTrac


OnTrac is proud to create programs that help our customers continue be eco-friendly.   

Ulloa adds, “Thank you for making recycling easier and more convenient!”  Help us preserve our environment for generations to come. Please reduce, reuse and recycle.

Topics: Earth Day, Go Green, environment, OnTrac

OnTrac Fueled by Recycled Motor Oil

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 3:05:00 PM

OnTrac Goes Green

With the high cost of priority shipping, the demand for efficient transportation is growing.

Shippers are looking for ways to save money on transportation costs, and to do it in a way that makes sense for the environment.

These days, that means putting freight on the ground.

But for companies who use a regional carrier like OnTrac, choosing a ground shipping option doesn’t have to mean sacrificing service. The regional carrier’s next-day delivery footprint is much larger than that of a national carrier’s, and without the need to support an entire air fleet, the company is able to be more conscious of their carbon footprint. 

The regional hub-and-spoke model operates entirely on the ground and enables OnTrac to keep costs down and keep its corporate commitment to the environment a priority.  That’s why OnTrac partners with Penske.

OnTrac SmartWay Partnership

“OnTrac continues to take the necessary steps to reduce emissions on our fleet of vehicles,” Director of Fleet Operations Steve Heron said. “We are conscious of all the decisions we make as both a responsible corporate citizen and a SmartWay Partner. Choosing to use Penske is a further demonstration of our commitment to operate responsibly.”

Penske is a transportation service that operates in a variety of industry segments including retail automotive, truck leasing, transportation logistics, transportation component manufacturing and professional motorsports. They are also environmentally conscious.

Penske recycles its waste oil—and a primary use is to re-refine it into a base stock for lubricating oil. This process is very similar to the refining of crude oil.

The result is that the re-refined oil is of as high a quality as a virgin oil product. This is important, as just two gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours.

Because the OnTrac fleet is predominately made up of Penske trucks, the company is a beneficiary of this program and an increasingly green shipper—through its partnership with SmartWay, OnTrac has been able to contribute to the overall savings of 1.5 billion gallons of fuel, $3.6 billion in fuel costs, 14.7 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 215,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 8,000 tons of particulate matter. 

It has also enabled the company to identify opportunities to improve efficiency, demonstrating efficiency to potential customers and reduce our fuel costs. Through partnerships with environmental experts and by using new technologies OnTrac is finding ways to help reduce the impact of our operations on the environment, and that makes a difference for everyone.

Topics: regional carriers, environment, OnTrac, SmartWay Partner

OnTrac Optimized Driver Routes Cut Cost to Customer, Environment

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 9:59:00 AM

Optimized Driver Routes Cut Cost to Customer, Environment

Ground Shipping Goes Green

At OnTrac, being “green” means more than being able to improve the environment—it means we are willing to. The way we see it, we have a corporate responsibility to do what we can, when we can, to help improve the quality of life for customers in our service area.  

Since the beginning of our business, over 20 years ago, OnTrac has focused not only on faster shipping, but more efficient ways to deliver packages. As a regional carrier, we are a friendlier option than the national carriers. Our focus on overnight shipping and delivery in the seven western states gives our regional hub-and-spoke model the ability to operate entirely on the ground. By keeping our packages on the ground, we keep costs to customers (and the environment) down. We don’t have to support a worldwide infrastructure, and that saves more than money.

But that’s not all we’re doing.OnTrac Recycle

As a part of our plan to promote a greener operation, OnTrac has made it a point to position its facilities and distribution centers in areas that allow us to optimize driver delivery routes. These facilities boost your bottom line and enhance efficiency throughout our network.

The addition of facilities throughout our service area support growth of the overnight package delivery industry and our company, boosting the quickness and efficiency of the ground network.  

Our Menlo Park facility in California services the neighborhoods of Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Bruno, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, and the San Francisco Airport.

This facility has improved efficiency throughout the Bay Area. By enabling shipments to be distributed closer to their end destination, overnight shipping in California is convenient and cost effective. Twelve dock doors and 50,000 square feet enable the Menlo Park facility to operate with a more rapid parcel throughput rate, and the location puts drivers closer to delivery locations throughout the area, accelerating transit times—in other words, faster shipping at a lower price, with less impact on the environment.

“This facility helps to reduce the time and distance our drivers have to travel to make deliveries, which in turn gets packages to the customer in a more expedient and efficient manner,” said Mark Cronkrite, vice president of operations for OnTrac. “The Menlo Park facility will help us significantly reduce our carbon footprint in the Bay Area,” he added.

Leased trucks enable us to continue to have the newest, most efficient vehicles, greatly reducing our carbon footprint, and our newest partnership with SmartWay gives us an opportunity to set goals for ourselves and our operation, year after year.

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With the rapid expansion of our service area, the addition of facilities and optimization of drive routes is important. This way, we can manage growth by spreading the high volume of packages that come through our service area more evenly, increasing efficiency and decreasing emissions by shortening driver routes.

To see more of what OnTrac is doing to go green, visit our OnTrac and the Environment page.

Topics: overnight shipping, ground network, regional carriers, package delivery, Time in Transit, environment, cost effective, optimize driver delivery routes, SmartWay Partner, California, faster

OnTrac Teams Up With Waste Management in AB 341 Study

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 12:24:00 PM

OnTrac is proud to be a company that exercises environmental responsibility.

Earlier this year, Monterey County’s Environmental Health Bureau and Waste Management audited the waste disposal procedures and trash in our Salinas facility. What they discovered was 90 percent of the discarded material was recyclable. As a result, OnTrac changed from a six-cubic-yard trash bin to a one-cubic-yard trash bin and a six-cubic-yard recycling bin. The switch netted a 76 percent savings, while diverting valuable recyclables from the landfills. Read the full press release below.


California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law in Effect July 1

AB 341 sets 75 percent state-wide diversion goal by 2020

CASTROVILLE — June 27, 2012 – Beginning July 1, 2012, about 470,000 California businesses and apartments will be required to recycle according to AB 341(Chesbro), Mandatory Commercial Recycling. This includes all businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week, and all multifamily residential dwellings with five units or more regardless of the amount of commercial solid waste generated.

“AB 341 is good for the environment and good for businesses,” said Teresa Rios, Management Analyst, Monterey County Health Department, Environmental Health Bureau.

The affected businesses represent approximately 20 percent of California’s 1.3 million businesses and are responsible for about 75 percent of the commercial waste in California according to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) Web site. In Monterey County, commercial businesses generated nearly 34,000 tons of waste; 54 percent of the total waste in 2010.

AB 341 sets a statewide goal for 75 percent disposal reduction by 2020, and it requires local governments to inform businesses of the new Mandatory Commercial Recycling law. According to CalRecycle, the implementation of AB 341 will result in an estimated statewide average annual cost savings of $40 million-$60 million from 2012-2020.

To support businesses' efforts and further increase diversion, Monterey County is working in close partnership with Waste Management and other agencies to provide:

» Free waste assessments to assist businesses to implement successful diversion plans

» Free education to employees on best diversion practices to ensure plans' success

» Follow up visits to ensure diversion plan is successful and/or to provide additional technical assistance

Earlier this year, the County’s Environmental Health Bureau and Waste Management worked with OnTrac, an overnight package delivery company, to audit its waste disposal procedures and trash. What they discovered was 90 percent of the discarded material was recyclable. As a result, OnTrac changed from a six-cubic-yard trash bin to a one-cubic-yard trash bin and a six-cubic-yard recycling bin. The switch netted a 76 percent savings, while diverting valuable recyclables from the landfills.

“We pride ourselves on being a company that exercises environmental responsibility in shipping," said Laura Peterson, Vice President of Marketing, OnTrac.

Recently, Pebble Beach was one of the first communities in the county to reach 100 percent compliance with the new law.

“Many of our commercial clients in Monterey County have shown an eagerness to reduce the cost of their waste and, more importantly, what goes into the landfills,” said Felipe Melchor, District Manager, Waste Management. “We look forward to helping the county achieve its diversion goals.”

For more information on AB 341 and Mandatory Commercial Recycling, visit


Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also one of the largest residential recycler and a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit


Waste Management Media Contact Joe Camero (510) 613-3517 Cell


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Topics: Waste Management, Go Green, environment, OnTrac Shipping

OnTrac Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay® Transport Partnership

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 10:05:00 AM

OnTrac announced today that it joined the SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry which provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains.

“Becoming a SmartWay partner demonstrates our commitment to operate responsibly by reducing our carbon footprint through improved fuel efficiencies and emissions reductions,” Director of Fleet Operations Steve Heron said.

OnTrac will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 1.5 billion gallons of fuel, $3.6 billion in fuel costs, 14.7 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 215,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 8,000 tons of particulate matter.  Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog.  By joining SmartWay Transport Partnership, OnTrac demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.

 “Our goal is a continuous pursuit to identify equipment, technologies, and strategies that reduce our fuel consumption and lower our emissions,” Heron said. “Partnering with the EPA will help us ensure optimized operations and allow us to offer our superior regional service product at a low cost.”

Developed jointly in early 2003 by EPA and Charter Partners represented by industry stakeholders, environmental groups, American Trucking Associations and Business for Social Responsibility, this innovative program was launched in 2004. Partners rely upon SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement.

The Partnership currently has over 3,000 Partners.

“We pride ourselves on being a company that cares about responsible shipping and the environment. At OnTrac, we've taken big steps to go green by reducing emissions on our fleet of vehicles and optimizing driver routes. We look forward to doing our part as a responsible corporate citizen, and becoming a SmartWay partner reaffirms that our organization has a strong commitment to achieving environmental goals,” Vice President of Marketing Laura Peterson said.

OnTrac is the leader in regional overnight package delivery service within California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado. Founded in 1991 as a division of Express Messenger Systems, Inc., OnTrac celebrates 20 years of on-time delivery. OnTrac has the expertise to provide superior service and value in the overnight delivery market. Our vision is to be recognized as the leader in regional time-critical delivery, consistently exceeding the expectations of customers, employees and shareholders. For more information about OnTrac, please visit our website at or call 1-800-334-5000.

For information about the SmartWay Transport Partnership visit

Topics: EPA, environment, OnTrac Shipping, OnTrac, SmartWay Partner

Let OnTrac Help You Recycle for Earth Day - And Receive an Eco-Tote!

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 11:32:00 AM

You've probably noticed that "go green" messages are everywhere these days.  They are apparent in the media, politics, fashion, technology and even your local grocery markets.  With a million messages coming at us from all sides, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the ubiquity of these green advertisements and lose sight of their true meaning. 

While it's easy to be inundated by these messages, it's also simple to begin making a positive impact.  Sometimes it's helpful to understand the big picture by setting smaller personal goals.  Even the act of recycling can eliminate waste problems in underdeveloped countries.  Eighty percent of our discarded mobile phones, computers, printers and other electronic devices end up being thrown away.  According to PBS and Frontline, that waste gets exported to third-world countries, like Ghana, where it turns into an environmental nightmare.

The truth is that every single thing we do every day has an impact on the planet - good or bad.  The good news is that, as an individual, you have the power to control your choices and the impact you create.  For this reason, OnTrac is offering an opportunity for you to recycle your old cell phones so that they don't end up in a landfill somewhere.

In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency's Cell Phone Recycling Week occurring April 5 - 11, 2010, OnTrac encourages you to recycle your old mobile phones and PDA devices.  Recycling cell phones helps the environment by saving energy and keeping usable materials out of landfills.  Cell phones and PDAs are made of precious metals, copper and plastics - all of which require energy to mine and manufacture.  Recycling conserves these materials so that they can be turned into new products.  Recycling 1 million cell phones can save enough energy to power 185 US homes with electricity for one year.

OnTrac is offering to recycle and or dispose of these devices properly per the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The majority of these devices are recycled depending on material type.  No electronic waste goes into landfills or incinerators and no electronic scrap is shipped to underdeveloped countries.  Additionally, all personal, corporate or any other non-operating system data is removed and destroyed from the device. 

These cell phones are sent to cell phone recycling companies like Full Circle Wireless, Pace Butler and Cell Phone Cycle where they are recycled, reused or turned into cash to help support charitable causes like the American Diabetes Association, Children's Miracle Work, the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and many more organizations.  The funds have also been used to help the following causes:

  •  Sending Missionaries to China
  •  Treating malnourished children in Asia after the 2004 Tsunami
  •  Building new homes for low-income families
  •  Providing overseas military men and women with pre-paid phone calling cards

All you have to do is send us an email at and tell us you'd like to recycle your old phone.  We will take care of the rest by sending you a free waybill and polybag to send us your phone.  OnTrac will not receive any profits or credits for recycling or collecting these devices, but will ship the cell phones to the appropriate destinations at no cost to you.  We will handle all the shipping services, proper salvage methods and all cost involved in the recycling of these electronic devices.  Additionally, every person who recycles their mobile device through OnTrac will receive their own Eco-Friendly bag which can be used and reused as grocery bags, for school books, gym bags, shopping and more.

Also, tell us what you do to "be green", whether it's cleaning up neighborhood trash on your evening walks, taking quick showers or volunteer work at the local park.  Each person who posts a comment will receive an Eco-Tote Bag from OnTrac.

Embracing a greener lifestyle isn't just about eating organic foods and turning the lights off when you leave the room.  It's much bigger than that.  So, take a small step to do something good for the earth by allowing OnTrac to help you recycle your old cell phones during the EPA's Cell Phone Recycling week.

Topics: environment, OnTrac, Shipping Services