Walmart extends deal to manage DC waste

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by Emily Atkins

Walmart, Inc. has signed Rubicon Technologies for a two-year agreement that will increase the retailer’s waste diversion from landfills, consolidate services, and provide account management for distribution centres and retail stores.

Rubicon’s RUBICONConnect product is deployed across 70 of Walmart’s distribution centres, assisting with waste and recycling programs and delivering enhanced sustainability data, analytics, and reporting capabilities. Rubicon uses this data to increase tonnage per haul, which eliminates unnecessary trips to service partially full containers. This reduces fuel consumption and its associated carbon impact, trip hours, and wear and tear on the road.

With this extended agreement, Rubicon will continue to bring its suite of cloud-based software products, and the power and scope of its network of more than 8,000 hauler and vendor partners, to bear in providing scalable waste, recycling, and sustainability solutions to Walmart in support of Walmart’s environmental and business goals.

Since the two companies began working together in 2013, Rubicon has supported Walmart in a number of circularity projects. The new agreement expands the relationship between the two companies to include the collection and recycling of plastic film in distribution centres, and the collection of landscaping and green waste. These projects take place alongside day-to-day waste and recycling collection at Walmart stores.

“We are thrilled to announce this extension agreement with Walmart,” said Phil Rodoni, CEO of Rubicon. “Rubicon’s mission is to end waste. By expanding our work with the global, transformational brand that is Walmart, we are accelerating this mission as we strive to advance our shared goal of a world without waste.”

Rubicon partners with businesses and governments around the world to advance its mission through zero-waste, landfill diversion, and smart city solutions. Its cloud-based products can help waste collection organizations digitize operations, confirm service, optimize routes, and deliver exceptional customer service while improving sustainability outcomes.