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U-Pak’s Commitment to Sustainability:

  • Waste Diversion is the process of minimizing the amount of waste that is destined for disposal.  It involves assessing how residuals are generated, collected and managed before designating any materials for final disposal.
  • Waste Diversion is important because it is our core business.  We work with our customers and suppliers to establish programs that maximize diversion, thereby creating value for our customers and minimising the resources needed for our communities to thrive.
  • Diversion volume reporting of various waste streams and suggested improvements to existing programs is part of U-Pak’s client support to drive the diversion.
  • U-Pak provides a continual monitoring program to ensure compliance with provincial recycling regulations.
  • Skilled personnel to work with the staff or tenants to encourage higher levels of recycling.
  • Assistance in all aspects of the MOE 3-R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) regulations compliance.

Fuel and Environmental Surcharge:

We have made investments in cleaner technologies at our facilities and new low emission vehicles, reducing our overall impact on the environment; however, fuel prices and environmental compliance-related costs are something we cannot fully control. Our standard Fuel/Environmental Charge is meant to help us cover these costs and achieve an acceptable operating margin. The Fuel Surcharge and Environmental Charge are two line items on customer invoices that contains two separate components: a Fuel Surcharge and an Environmental Charge.

The Fuel is based directly on the market rate for diesel. Fuel Surcharge allows us to recover the cost of fuel above our established baseline cost. The baseline cost is measured in diesel cost @ $1.03/ litre. U‐Pak Group of Companies uses an index‐based surcharge, FCA that is tied directly to the previous month’s average fuel cost (TL%(note3)) minus a Base Point of 34% TL(note 3). Changes to the surcharge will be effective on the First Day of the Month. The surcharge will be based on the average TL%(note 3)index from the previous month as reported by the Freight Carriers Association of Canada (FCA) for Canadian‐Domestic Fuel Calculations minus the Base Point of 34% TL%.

Environmental Charge, currently @ 20% is intended to cover operating expenses allowing UPAK  to operate in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.  Such environmental costs include, among other things, Carbon Tax, PPE, engineering, testing and maintenance at transfer facilities, the disposal of tires, batteries, oils and fluids and the monitoring and management of vehicle emissions


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