Montreal, March 8, 2021 – SANEXEN, a Canadian leader in the environmental sector, and OPTEL Group are partnering to ensure security and traceability in the treatment of single-use masks, gloves and other antiviral equipment collected from BOX-19s across Quebec, a solution developed by SANEXEN to ensure the safe disposal of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
“The partnership between OPTEL, which is a member of the LOGISTEC family, and SANEXEN stems from demands from the business community and institutions that wanted to ensure that PPE waste is disposed of responsibly,” said Benoit Dion, Senior Director of Major Accounts at SANEXEN. “The integration of OPTEL’s GeoTrace traceability application, which was adapted exclusively for BOX-19 services, certifies that the recyclable materials have indeed been recycled and that the other materials have been placed in a revalorization site and not a landfill.”
The ABCs of traceability
All BOX-19s will now have a traceability label attached to them with a unique number assigned to each client. Drivers of the collection vehicles will scan the labels using the GeoTrace application which will collect a multitude of information. These include: the GPS location of the collection point, the date and time of the collection, the level to which the box was filled, the attestation of decontamination, etc.
“The technician will also use the GeoTrace application to scan the transport manifest when the materials arrive at the reception site, to prove that the bags made it to their destination,” said Tomas Langlais-Roy, Product Manager – GeoTraceability, OPTEL Group.
“The GeoTrace application also provides the ability to calculate the carbon footprint related to the disposal of the bags and the amount of metal that is recycled. This is important to an increasing number of companies that have environmental related concerns and who are looking for reliable data to help them reach their targets,” says Dion.
A Quebec solution
The goal of the BOX-19 turnkey solution is to manage the lifecycle of PPE waste, from source to final disposal. SANEXEN provides the bins, handles the collection and disposal of used PPE, certifies that the removal was completed (traceability), and equips companies, institutions or agencies with posters and digital resources that encourage safe behaviour.
The transportation of PPE is done with a dump truck equipped with a compactor. That means that there is no direct contact with the waste during the process. The BOX-19 equipment can be transformed into clean energy by using a non-polluting incineration process.
SANEXEN, a member of the LOGISTEC family, has been a leading provider of environmental solutions for the past 35 years. With its key business lines – Site Remediation, Major Projects, Infrastructure, Soils and Materials Management, and Water Technology – SANEXEN continues to deliver creative and customized solutions to industrial, municipal and governmental clients and partners. SANEXEN’s expert environmental engineers and scientists, combined with its in-house research and development teams, continue to explore and implement new technologies to address the ever-evolving environmental issues facing the world today.
LOGISTEC Corporation (“LOGISTEC”) is based in Montréal (QC) and provides specialized services in both the marine and environmental industries. Environmental services are offered through SANEXEN and FER-PAL Construction Ltd. Marine services are offered in the areas of bulk, break-bulk and container cargo handling in 36 ports and 63 terminals across North America. LOGISTEC also offers marine transportation services geared primarily to the Arctic coastal trade, as well as marine agency services to foreign shipowners and operators serving the Canadian market.
About OPTEL Group
OPTEL is a leading global provider of traceability systems, and its goal is to use its innovative technologies to build a sustainable world through the Intelligent Supply Chain®. OPTEL is the only company with the ability to offer complete end-to-end traceability, providing granular data at every step of the supply chain—from raw materials to the consumer and beyond. Founded in 1989, OPTEL is a Certified B Corporation headquartered in Canada, with facilities in Ireland, India and Brazil, as well as employees worldwide.